Opening Night at the NDSM Wharf

We’re raising the roof! Come and see the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s festive open-air concert at the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord on Friday, 8 September and celebrate the opening of the new season with us. The concert starts at 8.15 p.m. and admission is free. Check here for frequently asked questions.

At the NDSM Wharf

As in previous years, when we celebrated the start of the season at Dam Square and in Westerpark, we are thrilled to be presenting our Opening Night again at a special location in the city. Opening Night 2023 is taking place at the NDSM Wharf, the former shipyard in Amsterdam-Noord. We are collaborating with the Stichting NDSM-werf, the foundation that oversees programming and manages the outdoor area at the NDSM Wharf.

Concert programme

The Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda will be leading the orchestra in a festive, varied programme full of dance and rhythm. In addition to familiar works like Ravel’s Bolero and Smetana’s ‘The Moldau’, there are special surprises in store, including a wacky world premiere. Detailed programme notes are available here (Dutch).

Live street art

This evening, the orchestra is collaborating with the STRAAT Museum. The renowned graffiti artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman will be creating a work of art live during the concert*. Having grown up in the neighbourhood of the Concertgebouw, Shoe now lives in Amsterdam-Noord and is the founder of ‘calligraffiti’.

On radio and television

You can listen to a live AVROTROS radio broadcast of the concert on NPO Klassiek. The concert will also be televised the following evening at 10.30 on NPO 2.

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* The creation of the artwork by Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman is made possible with financial support of Fonds Jan Raes.

The Opening Night of the Concertgebouw Orchestra is made possible by the support of Global Partners ING, Unilever, and, who aim to make classical music accessible to as wide an audience as possible.