Concertgebouw

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INFO The Concertgebouw, situated within Museumplein (the Museum quarter) in Amsterdam, is the second most visited concert hall in the world. Opened in 1888, the hall is home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch Philharmonic... ... read more

  • Neighborhood:

    Museumplein
  • Address:

    Concertgebouwplein 10
    1071 LN Amsterdam

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Concertgebouw Videos

Concertgebouw Orchestra Mahler Symphony No.1 Mariss Jansons
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Concertgebouw Orchestra Mahler Symphony No.1 Mariss Jansons
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Anne Akiko Meyers Performs the Saint-Saens 'Rondo Capriccioso' w/the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Concertgebouw Orchestra Mahler Symphony No.4 Haitink Eschkenazy - violin solo
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Beethoven - Symphony no. 7, I (1/2) - Haitink & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Bruckner - Symphony no. 8 - IV (1/4) Haitink & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Mahler: Symphony No. 8, Finale - (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink (1988))
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Robert Rook and Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw 2006
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Concertgebouw Information

The Concertgebouw, situated within Museumplein (the Museum quarter) in Amsterdam, is the second most visited concert hall in the world. Opened in 1888, the hall is home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra.

Events at the Concertgebouw range from multiple series of classical music concerts and world music performances to jazz and pop shows.

The venue’s main hall, called the Grote Zaal, has a capacity of about 2,300 people. Internationally recognized for its exceptional acoustics, it regularly hosts not only orchestra and operatic performances, but also a majority of the Concertgebouw’s jazz and world music shows. Past concerts at the Grote Zaal include performances by such famous musicians as Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Pink Floyd.

The Concertgebouw also houses a smaller venue, the Kleine Zaal, located behind the Grote Zaal. With a 480-person capacity, the intimate space is well suited for chamber music performances.

Apart from the traditional Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra evening concerts, the hall also hosts the Robeco Summer Concerts series with visiting soloists and orchestras, Sunday Morning Concerts, Saturday Matinee Concerts, and Wednesday Lunch Concerts. Performances at the Concertgebouw encompass both Dutch and foreign orchestras.

Since its opening, the Concertgebouw has been completely restored and an additional wing was added to the building.

Concertgebouw User Reviews

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A wonderful experience
Craig B. Dec 9, 2012
Admittedly, I'm a bit of a symphony nerd, but this was one of the coolest things I had the chance to check out while I was in Amsterdam. I got to hear the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest (sure, not the Concertgebouw Orchestra, but this wasn't some community band we're talking about) perform a piece by Diepenbrock (a Dutch composer) and Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. It was simply phenomenal. The hall itself is exquisite. The floor is all plush red carpet, the balcony is lined with gold, and the names of famous composers are inscribed ornately along the first tier. If you arrive early, you are able to explore the back halls with a glass of wine, beer, or "chocolat," a tasty beverage akin to Yoo-Hoo. You can even adventure behind the stage to where the orchestra enters the concert hall and see what they see. Very cool! Not to mention, student tickets are pretty inexpensive and the repertoire is always incredible.
A gem for sure, as are all of the city's grand halls
Amster M. Dec 4, 2012
This concert hall is so impressive, it's really a great way to get a taste of rich Dutch classical music. The times I've been were always Wednesday afternoons, about lunch time, because they have free concerts. I know that's cheap and bad timing for most, but it's such a nice break from a workday and really a treat I think. If you really want to see the hall at its finest, go for a holiday special, as they have amazing orchestra's come through and I'd say Christmas time adds that extra sparkle. Lastly, check out Amsterdam's half-price ticket site for 50 percent off tickets when concerts don't sell out.
Simply beautiful
Jody P. Dec 3, 2012
I started taking piano lessons when I was eight years old and from that time on have learned, and learned to love, classical music, philharmonics, and other complex music types. I knew before I left for Amsterdam that I had to visit hte Concertgebouw, not only because of its history and contribution to the development of acoustics in concert halls, but also because a concert hall in my hometown, Baltimore, was designed after this building. The Lyric Opera House (i think they just call it the Lyric) was modeled after Concertgebouw because it is considered one of the finest concert houses in the world. I didn't actually get to see a performance here, but I was able to tour it and it is stunning. It is decorated in all gold and red and it just takes your breath away. I could definitely see the similarities between it and the Lyric in Baltimore. The Concertgebouw is right near the major museums so if you are nearby, it is definitely worth a visit.
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