RCO Opening Night is the festive opening of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's new season in the company of loyal audience members and new friends. The fourth RCO Opening Night in the history of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be led by chief conductor Daniele Gatti. Pianist Evgeny Kissin, without a doubt one of the biggest piano players of our time - some say a living legend - is returning to the Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time since 1994. He will be playing the solo in Liszt's First Piano Concerto.
This concert, suffused with the spirit of Romanticism, opens with Berlioz's concert overture Le Carnaval Romain with its beautiful English horn solo. Mendelssohn's passionate 'Italian' symphony is flanked by works from beloved Italian operas, with several more musical surprises to follow.
The concert is preceded by an elegant standing buffet reception. Guests can enjoy the buffet starting from 6pm in the foyers surrounding the Main Hall and Recital Hall. The concert begins at 8.15pm. After the concert there is an opportunity to meet the musicians and the chief conductor in the foyers.
Dress code: black tie.
The box office takings of the RCO Opening Night are always put towards the educational activities of the orchestra. With the soon to open RCO House new eductional possibilties arise. The ensembe hall is especially suited to host school classes where children will be immersed with classical music. Children will not only listen to music, but will have the opportunity to try instruments themselves. These instruments have been donated to the orchestra by private donors.
RCO Opening Night ends at 00:30.