2015 Europe, June 4: Amsterdam
The Orchestra left Vienna in the morning for the quick two-hour flight to Amsterdam and the next stop on the tour. French horn player Shelley Showers takes a quick snapshot upon arriving at Schiphol Airport. Photo by Jan Regan.
Backstage at the Royal Concertgebouw (l to r) cellist Kathryn Picht Read, Associate Principal Bass Michael Shahan, and Kathy’s husband, Stephen, meet Robert Franenberg (second from right), a bass player in the Rotterdam Philharmonic, who is originally from Los Angeles, and Margaret Urquhart (far right), a bass player in Amsterdam’s Orchestra of the 18th Century and a teacher at the Hague and Amsterdam conservatories. Photo by Jan Regan.
Principal Librarian Robert Grossman prepares music folders in whatever space he can find in the cramped area backstage at the Concertgebouw. Photo by Jan Regan.
Prior to the evening’s concert, as patrons file into the hall, Yannick gives an interview to NPO Radio 4, which broadcast the concert live throughout the Netherlands. The broadcast could also be heard worldwide on NPO Radio 4’s website. Photo by Jan Regan.
A poster for the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick and the Orchestra opened the concert with Nico Muhly’s Mixed Messages. The Royal Concertgebouw is one of the most beloved concert halls in the world, renowned for its superb acoustics. In 1881 a group of prominent Amsterdam residents decided to gift the city with a concert hall. A site was chosen in the swampy fields just outside the city limits and construction of the hall, designed by Adolf Leonard (Dolf) van Gendt, began in 1882. The building was completed in 1886, but due to a lack of confidence on the part of the funders as well as difficulties with the municipality of Nieuwer-Amstel (for example, with respect to filling in a small canal, paving the access roads, and installing street lights), the grand opening was not until April 11, 1888. The Concertgebouw received the Royal Title Koninklijk from Queen Beatrix in 2013 on the occasion of the building’s 125th anniversary. Photo by Jan Regan.
Lisa Batiashvili performs Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 to close the first half of the concert. She, Yannick, and the Orchestra were rewarded with a standing ovation. Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick leads the Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony to close the concert. The appreciative audience was treated to an encore, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise. Photo by Jan Regan.
Orchestra Chairman of the Board Richard B. Worley (far left) and his wife, Leslie Miller, greet violist Che-Hung Chen and trumpet player Anthony Prisk following the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.
At a post-concert reception, members of the Patron’s Tour share a moment with Concertmaster David Kim: (l to r) Board member Scott Schumacker and close friends of the Orchestra Sherrin Baky and Bill Nessler. Photo by Jan Regan.