"Free lunchtime concert at the Concertgebouw" Amsterdam Local Custom Tip by yooperprof

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  • Orchestra rehearsal - Amsterdam
      Orchestra rehearsal
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  • Free lunchtime concert at the Concertgebouw - Amsterdam
  • Free lunchtime concert at the Concertgebouw - Amsterdam
  • Free lunchtime concert at the Concertgebouw - Amsterdam
  • Free lunchtime concert at the Concertgebouw - Amsterdam
 

Okay, it's really an "open rehearsal" and not a complete concert - but you can't beat the price!

The Concertgebouw is one of the world's great orchestra's, playing in one of Europe's great (and acoustically magnificent) concert halls, so I couldn't miss the chance of coming to see a final rehearsal for one of the band's evening concerts. The musicians and the conductor (Ivan Fisher) were dressed informally, but they were serious in their music-making. They played two movements of Arnold Schoenberg's transcription of the Brahms' Piano Quartet, and it was fascinating to hear the conductor's occasional comments and corrections.

Check out the website for the Concertgebouw's schedule - both the orchestra and the hall! If you come to the free lunchtime concert, be sure to arrive early so you can snag a good seat. I recommend the balcony!

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  • Written Aug 27, 2008
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