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Two new stop-offs on the RCO meets Europe tour, each with Side by Side

14 November 2016

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on tour in Vienna and Bratislava

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will next be stopping off in Vienna and Bratislava on 18 and 19 November as part of RCO meets Europe, a tour taking the orchestra to all twenty-eight member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons. Both concerts will be conducted by Semyon Bychkov.

A special element of RCO meets Europe is Side by Side: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing the opening work on each programme with a youth orchestra from that particular country. At the Musikverein in Vienna, the orchestra will perform alongside the Webern Symphonie Orchester, and with members of the Hilaris Chamber Orchestra and the young musicians of the Slovak Philharmonic at the Reduta Concert Hall in Bratislava. The opening work on both programmes is Weber’s Overture to Oberon.

This tour programme also features Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 (K 482), with Emanuel Ax as soloist.

With RCO meets Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra aims to highlight the unifying force of Europe’s musical heritage. ‘Music can help people share their thoughts, ideas and feelings with one another,’ says the orchestra’s managing director Jan Raes. ‘Orchestral music in particular symbolises the true value of a “polyphonic” sense of diversity.’ UNESCO has granted patronage to RCO meets Europe. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, is acting as patron.

RCO meets Europe kicked off in Dublin on 27 August, and has since taken the orchestra to Salzburg, Ljubljana, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Turin and Athens.