Press Room’s April includes Concertgebouw Orchestra’s 125th anniversary concert

Among the exciting presentations this month is the 125th anniversary concert of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – voted the world’s greatest symphony orchestra by Gramophone magazine. Mariss Jansons will lead the musical festivities at the acoustically resplendent Concertgebouw on April 10, with the program featuring three star soloists: pianist Lang Lang, baritone Thomas Hampson and violinist Janine Jansen. Also on this month is conductor Kent Nagano leading the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in Bruckner and Rossini, as well as Beethoven with pianist Till Fellner (April 16). Then there is a fantastic program of Finnish music both iconic and new, with works by Sibelius and Kaija Saariaho performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and soprano Anu Komsi under conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali (April 19).
When the Concertgebouw was inaugurated in 1888, public interest was so great that Amsterdam experienced its first traffic jam…of horse-drawn carriages. Now this great concert hall and its namesake ensemble – the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – are celebrating 125 years together with a gala anniversary concert, webcast live on at 2 p.m. EDT on April 10. Chief conductor Mariss Jansons will be on the podium leading a festive program that includes Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, several orchestral songs by Mahler with Thomas Hampson, the finale of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Lang Lang, and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with Janine Jansen, as well as Richard Strauss’s waltzing Der Rosenkavalier Suite and the world premiere of a Concertgebouw Orchestra commission from composer Bob Zimmerman.
At 8 p.m. EDT on April 16, presents Kent Nagano leading the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in Bruckner’s granitic Symphony No. 6 and Rossini’s fizzing, ever-popular Overture to William Tell. The program also includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with one of today’s excellent young pianists in Classical-era repertoire: the Austrian Till Fellner, whom the New York Times has called “a penetrating musician.”
In another highlight this month, offers a very special concert from La Cité de la musique in Paris, at 2 p.m. EDT on April 19: a program of great Finnish music, both vintage and contemporary, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Santtu-Matias Rouvali. They will perform Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7 alongside Kaija Saariaho’s orchestral works Asteroid 4179: Toutatis and Laterna Magica, as well as Sibelius’s Luonnotar and Saariaho’s Leino Songs, both with Finnish soprano Anu Komsi.
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April 10: 2 p.m. EDT
Amsterdam: Concertgebouw
Gala Concert for the 125th Anniversary of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Mariss Jansons, conductor
Janine Jansen, violin; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Lang Lang, piano
April 11: 2 p.m. EDT
Lyon, France: Auditorium de Lyon
Barber, Gershwin, Stravinsky
Orchestre National De Lyon; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
April 16: 7 p.m. EDT
Montreal: Maison symphonique de Montréal
Rossini, Beethoven, Bruckner
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano, conductor
Till Fellner, piano
April 17: 2 p.m. EDT
Paris: Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra national de Paris
Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Loewe
Soloists of the Ateler Lyrique De L’Opéra National De Paris
April 18: 6:30 a.m. EDT
Paris: Louvre Auditorium
Schubert, Schumann and Brahms
Adam Laloum, piano
April 19: 2 p.m. EDT
Paris: La Cité de la musique
Sibelius, Kaija Saariaho
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor
Anu Komsi, soprano
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