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The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam's leading concert hall, hardly needs an introduction, nor does its in-house orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, one of the top three international orchestras in the world, together with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics.
Non-stop success since 1888
Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Miles Davis, Maria Callas… Since it opened in 1888, the Concertgebouw has continuously attracted the greatest artists. The sublime acoustics of its main hall –a stunning white space with red velvet seating– surely has something to do with it. An interesting detail is that it was designed by a Dutch architect who was completely tone deaf!
Working from the plans for the Leipzig concert hall (which was destroyed in 1940-1945), he adapted the dimensions for his building according to the requirements of his clients who wanted to have a large garden at the back in which to give outdoor concerts. The result was a hall that was theoretically completely wrong but which – no one knows quite how – produces a small miracle!
Free concerts on Wednesdays
These days, the Concertgebouw hosts some 900 concerts a year in a wide range of styles, including children's performances. If you show up at the entrance on Wednesdays shortly before 12:30, you should be able to attend a free concert. The Royal Orchestra regularly offers public rehearsals. What's more, the Small Hall also hosts numerous chamber music ensembles. Music lovers take note!
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