Fourteen European concert halls jointly present free concert streams on Facebook

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Fourteen European concert halls jointly present free concert streams on Facebook

Fourteen European concert halls jointly present free concert streams on Facebook

Fourteen European classical concert halls are joining forces for a unique digital programming during the corona crisis: together they stream a different concert from their archive every evening. The participating concert halls include Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, l'Auditori in Barcelona, Barbican Center in London and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The concerts can be seen every evening at 20:00 on all Facebook pages of the participating venues and thus form a musical journey through Europe.

First stream from The Concertgebouw: Mariss Jansons with Dvořáks Ninth

The first concert will come from the Concertgebouw on Monday evening at 8:00 PM. This is immediately a very special performance, namely the last concert by Mariss Jansons, former chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, in the Concertgebouw: Dvořák's beloved Ninth Symphony 'From the New World' by Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, recorded exactly one year ago on March 22, 2019. This week will be followed by streams from the Konserthuset in Stockholm, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg with music by Schumann, Mozart and Arvo Pärt, among others.

“Normally, such a large collaboration is sometimes complicated, but now everyone wanted to get involved right away!”

Social Media Manager Iris van der Valk

European collaboration: Music of the day from Europe's concert halls

The initiative stems from the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) of which Het Concertgebouw is a member. From Brussels, ECHO initiator and secretary Andrew Manning says: “In times of adversity, music and culture continue: Italians sing from their balconies and musicians give house concerts on social media. As concert halls of Europe, we wanted to do something together. With this initiative, we invite the public to join us on a musical journey through Europe from home.”

After the launch of the idea, the social manager of Het Concertgebouw, Iris van der Valk, was asked to take the lead in the organization: “Normally such a large collaboration is sometimes complicated, but now everyone wanted to participate immediately, very inspiring. Together we have a fantastic offer and we can show the European concert audience something beautiful every evening!”

Program week 1

  • Monday March 23 – Dvořák's symphony no. 9 by Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Mariss Jansons from The Concertgebouw
  • Tuesday March 24 – Schumann symphony no. 3 by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic from Konserthuset
  • Wednesday March 25 – music by Vivancos, Takemitsu and Mozart from the Sagrada Familia (names L'Auditori Barcelona)
  • Thursday March 26 – music by Arvo Pärt by Talinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Chamber Choir from the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg
  • Friday March 27 – Petrushka van Stravinsky by Gulbenkian Orchestra from Gulbelkian Foundation in Lisbon

Participating concert halls

ECHO

More information about European Concert Hall Organisation: www.concerthallorganisation.eu

The first stream from The Concertgebouw is made possible in part by Takt1.

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