Dr. Phillips Center Presents

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor Part of The 2024/25 Great Orchestra Series
November 18, 2024 | Steinmetz Hall | 7:30 p.m.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

November 18, 2024 | Steinmetz Hall | 7:30 p.m.

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SCHOENBERGVerklärte Nacht
MAHLERSymphony No. 1

Based in Amsterdam, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is among the very best and most revered orchestras in the world. It has long garnered praise for its performances of the music of Mahler and Bruckner, and has always collaborated with the greatest conductors and soloists. Such composers as Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Igor Stravinsky have all conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra on more than one occasion. To this day, the orchestra continues to foster long-term relationships with contemporary composers. It also upholds a number of time-honored concert traditions, such as the Passion performance and the Christmas Matinee.

The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888 and officially received the appellation “Royal” on the occasion of its Centenary Celebration in 1988. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is patroness. The Concertgebouw Orchestra has cultivated a very distinct, individual sound, one which is due in no small part to the unique acoustics of The Concertgebouw. Another determining factor is the influence exerted by the orchestral musicians, and that of the chief conductors, of whom there have been just seven in its history: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and Daniele Gatti. Nikolaus Harnoncourt was largely responsible for the orchestra’s reputation with respect to eighteenth-century repertoire. Pierre Audi works with the orchestra as its creative partner.

In addition to some eighty concerts performed at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the orchestra gives forty concerts at other major concert halls throughout the world, reaching roughly 250,000 concertgoers every year. The orchestra expands its reach through videos, streaming and radio and television broadcasts. It also releases CD and DVD recordings on its Concertgebouworkest Live label. Each year, the Academy of the Concertgebouworkest successfully molds young, talented musicians into orchestral players of the highest caliber. Every summer, Concertgebouworkest Young brings together hidden talent aged fourteen to seventeen from all over Europe.

The Concertgebouw Orchestra is co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Municipality of Amsterdam, sponsors, funds and numerous donors all over the world. The largest portion of its income is generated by proceeds from the concerts it gives in and outside the Netherlands.

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