14 September 2018

Evgeny Kissin, piano

Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor

RCO Opening Night

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September 2018 Friday 18:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Hector Berlioz Roman Carnival, ouverture
Franz Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1
Gioachino Rossini Ouverture from 'Il barbiere di Siviglia'
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4
Giuseppe Verdi Ballet music from 'Otello'
Season opening with Evgeny Kissin

Concertgebouworkest Opening Night is the opening of the Concertgebouworkest's new season in the company of loyal audience members and new friends. It is the fourth Concertgebouworkest Opening Night in the history of the Concertgebouworkest. Pianist Evgeny Kissin, without a doubt one of the biggest piano players of our time - some say a living legend - is returning to the Concertgebouworkest for the first time since 1994. He will be playing the solo in Liszt's First Piano Concerto. 

Musical surprises

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. 

Festive reception

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 in the foyers.

Dress code: black tie.


The box office takings of the Concertgebouworkest Opening Night are always put towards the educational activities of the orchestra. With the soon to open Concertgebouworkest 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.

Concertgebouworkest Opening Night ends at 00:30.

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