The Main Hall — Photo courtesy of Fred GeorgeClose your eyes. Clear your mind. Lose yourself in the sweet sounds that surround you. Let the musical phrases comfort you. Just relax and take it all in. When the song comes to an end, open your eyes. You are in Het Concertgebouw Main Hall in Amsterdam. Het Concertgebouw is internationally recognized for its remarkable acoustics.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mengelberg, 1907 — Photo courtesy of ECG
This year, 2013, marks Het Concertgebouw’s 125th anniversary. In honor of this special landmark, the concert hall has put together a fantastic Jubilee Program that will feature international musicians such as Angela Gheorghiu, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Leonidas Kavakos, Menahem Pressler, Christianne Stotijn and Eva-Maria Westbroek.
Cecilia Bartoli — Photo courtesy of Ronald Knapp
The building was constructed in 1886, and the first concert took place two years later on 10 April 1888. Famous musicians have played in Het Concertgebouw over the years, such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Yehudi Menuhin, Cecilia Bartoli, Louis Armstrong and Sting. With such a high-class reputation, Het Concertgebouw receives over 700,000 visitors per year, making it one of the most visited concert halls in the world.
Het Concertgebouw exterior — Photo courtesy of Leander-Lammertink
Check the agenda if you would like to attend a concert. Het Concertgebouw offers a variety of high-quality programming, everything from jazz to classical. You can also drop by for one of the lunchtime concerts, which is completely free. If you don’t have time to see a performance, you can always take a tour of the building and admire the elegant interior. Learn a bit about the history. The entire experience will leave you in awe.