Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Tours the US in February

9 February 2019 — 15 February 2019
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_F_rom February 9th until February 15th, 2019, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) will be touring the US with six shows. Get your tickets here.

RCO © Anne Dokter

 

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RCO Meets Naples, FL – February 9

Artis-Naples

For the first time in its history, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing in the beautiful coastal city of Naples, Florida. The orchestra performs two classics of the symphonic repertoire – Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad praised as ‘grand and compelling’ the RCO’s November 2017 performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. Needless to say, expectations are high for the Fourth, which according to some is Brahms’s magnum opus.

Mozart and Brahms

Before Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has the floor, whom Brahms praised to the heavens. Mozart’s turbulent Symphony No. 40 is often called ‘pre-Romantic’ because of its expressive, personal musical language and unusual minor key. However, it has a different effect on every listener. Robert Schumann, for his part, felt the work was one of ‘Greek lightness and elegance’, while others are particularly struck by its tragedy.

Conductor: Daniel Harding

 

RCO Meets Naples, FL – February 10

Artis-Naples

In the beautiful coastal city of Naples, Florida, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Beethoven’s impressive Piano Concerto No. 5 with artist in residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Ein Heldenleben

Ein Heldenleben is a special case. Over 100 years ago, Strauss dedicated the work ‘to Willem Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra’. In this work more than in any other, the composer proved he was a pioneer, writing a virtuoso part for nearly every group of instruments in the orchestra. Like many masterpieces, however, this overwhelming, turbulent composition initially resulted in resistance and misunderstanding. Now it is on every concert-goer’s bucket list.

Conductor: Daniel Harding

Piano: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

 

RCO Meets Chicago, IL – February 12

Chicago Orchestra Hall

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing two classics of the symphonic repertoire in Chicago – Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad praised as ‘grand and compelling’ the RCO’s November 2017 performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. Needless to say, expectations are high for the Fourth, which according to some is Brahms’s magnum opus.

Conductor: Daniel Harding

 

RCO Meets Washington, DC – February 13

Kennedy Center – presented by Washington Performing Arts

In Washington, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Beethoven’s impressive Piano Concerto No. 5 with artist in residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Conductor: Daniel Harding

Piano: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

 

RCO Meets New York, NY – February 14

Carnegie Hall

Side by Side

Side by Side, the acclaimed initiative of the RCO meets Europe tour from 2016 to 2018, is now being extended outside the EU. For the very first time, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be performing an opening work together with young musicians outside Europe – those of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, to be precise. They will be sharing their music stands in Schumann’s overture Manfred.

Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. 

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be performing two classics of the symphonic repertoire – Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad praised as ‘grand and compelling’ the RCO’s November 2017 performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. Needless to say, expectations are high for the Fourth, which according to some is Brahms’s magnum opus.

Symphony No. 40

Before Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has the floor, whom Brahms praised to the heavens. Mozart’s turbulent Symphony No. 40 is often called ‘pre-Romantic’ because of its expressive, personal musical language and unusual minor key. However, it has a different effect on every listener. Robert Schumann, for his part, felt the work was one of ‘Greek lightness and elegance’, while others are particularly struck by its tragedy.

Conductor: Daniel Harding

Joining: National Youth Orchestra of the USA

 

RCO Meets New York, NY – February 15

Carnegie Hall

At New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Beethoven’s impressive Piano Concerto No. 5 with artist in residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Conductor: Daniel Harding

Piano: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

 

Find your tickets for all the concerts here.

 

©Milagro Elstak

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Patron: His Majesty the King of the Netherlands

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the very best orchestras in the world. Time and time again, critics have lauded its unique sound, which clearly stands out among thousands of others. The RCO’s string section has been called ‘velvety’, the sound of the brass ‘golden’, the timbre of the woodwinds ‘distinctly personal’ and the percussion have an international reputation.

While the exceptional acoustics of the Concertgebouw, designed by the architect A.L. van Gendt, also play an important role in this respect, no other orchestra sounds like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Main Hall.

© Milagro Elstak