Sunday, June 21, 2015

Robeco Summer Nights concert at the Concertgebouw

I've been very lucky that over the years, I have got to see and do things in the Netherlands that locals alone know about. For instance, the Robeco Summer concerts at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. I'd been hearing about them for ages, and finally got to go.

The concert featured cellist Pieter Wispelwey playing Dvorak, along with the JeugdOrkest Nederland (Netherlands Youth Orchestra). The music was really lovely, and it was played with feeling.

The really amazing thing is how accessible these experiences are. Tickets can be purchased online, in advance, and they include refreshments. The tram from either of Amsterdam's city stations drops you right in front of the Concertgebouw. The building is magnificent and the buzz even better. 

What was truly familiar was the demographic of the audience. Although the musicians were all very young (by definition), the audience was made up of elderly people. I do not think it was just the 'proud grandparents' factor. I think the audience for classical music concerts is ageing worldwide, and it is something we should be thinking about, at least a little. If it is dwindling in a place where access is so easy, how can it not dwindle in a place like India where barriers to access are cultural, social, economic and logistical.

Anyway, here are a few photos that do the day no justice.

Just outside the Concertgebouw
Nighttime lighting outside the Concertgebouw

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