Royal Orchestra Visits Russia For First Time In 39 Years
- Nov. 07 2013 17:39
On November 7, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) travels to Russia for the last and longest part of its world tour.† After Russia, chief conductor Mariss Jansons will take the ensemble to China, Japan and - for the first time in history — Australia. St. Petersburg and Moscow will be the starting points of a fitting finale of a musical journey through six continents on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the RCO.
The Concertgebouw Orchestra's previous visit to Russia in the fall of 1974. The 2013 tour kicks off in St. Petersburg, where the orchestra plays Mahler's Second Symphony on November 8.† Then there will be two concerts in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. On November 9, Dutch King Willem- Alexander and Queen Máxima will be present at a concert that marks the closing of the Russia-Netherlands bilateral year. Pianist Yefim Bronfman is the soloist in Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. The next day, Mahler's Second Symphony will again be performed, this time to a Muscovite audience. †
The world tour will then take the orchestra to China, to give two concerts (Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky) in Beijing, before it heads to Japan (Tokyo and Kawasaki). The crossing to Australia is an absolute novelty; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra visits the continent for the first time in its 125 years. There are performances planned in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and in the famous Sydney Opera House. In the early morning of December 3, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will arrive back in Amsterdam.
"I work mainly in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. But St. Petersburg is my home. I wish that these countries could borrow the best from each other." (Mariss Jansons, chief conductor RCO)
"Music brings people together and connects. This orchestra is an important cultural ambassador and is invited by all the major concert halls. We are proud of this international reputation and we like to share our music with everyone. The RCO consists of 120 musicians including about 70 from the Netherlands and 50 from the rest of the world. Together they represent more than 20 nationalities. It is a genuine reflection of the world." (Jan Raes, Director RCO)