5/11/13

Every Wednesday free concert at the "Royal Concertgebouw"

Theo van Kampen
Amsterdam is well equipped with restaurants, bars, musea but has another very exiting must see: The Royal Concertgebouw.
The Royal Concertgebouw is the main concert hall in Amsterdam. The Dutch term "concertgebouw" literally translates into English as "concert building." Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, along with places such as Boston's Symphony Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna.
The architect of the building was Adolf Leonard van Gendt, who was inspired by the Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig, built two years earlier.
The hall opened on April 11, 1888, with an inaugural concert in which an orchestra of 120 musicians and a chorus of 500 singers participated, performing works of Wagner, Handel, Bach, and Beethoven.
The Grote Zaal ("Great Hall," which is the main hall) has acoustic qualities making it ideal for the late Romantic repertoire such as Mahler.
A smaller, oval-shaped venue, the Kleine Zaal ("Small Hall"), is located behind the main hall is well-suited for chamber music and lieder.


There she is in all of her glory: The Royal Concertgebouw on Concertgebouwplein 10, the corner Van Baerlestraat- De Lairessestraat.


Every wednesday at 12.30h. you can pay a free visit at the Concertgebouw + you can enjoy a free concert.........
Here you see Nadia waiting in the queue.
Since you will discover that you are not the only one who is aware of this phenomenon be in time! (1/2 hour at least)


De Grote Zaal (main hall) with her famous acoustics



 Karin, Nadia's friend is visibly excited



Today an organ concert starring Geert Bierling. What a sound!!
Händel - Chaconne in G, HWV 435
J.S. Bach - Prelude en fuga in d, BWV 539
Fiocco - Cinq pièces pour orgue (uit 'Pièces de clavecin, op. 1’, selectie en arrangement Geert Bierling)


After the concert we go have a coffee across the street in the 'Stedelijk Museum' (the city museum): always nice to have such kind of neighbors :-)


Hey, why not see the latest exposition?

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