The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Carnegie Hall
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In the past five years I have attended quite some performances, concerts, and other cultural events. Like: Stomp, The Blue Man Group, The Metropolitan Opera (in Prospect Park, and twice in Lincoln Center), The NY Ballet, The New York String Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Ambrose Akinmusire jazz combo, The New York Philharmonic Orcestra (Staten Island, Central Park, and Lincoln Center), Gal Costa, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Central Park) and probably more.
Apart from Gal Costa, all American performers. Last night I, totally unexpectedly, ended up in Carnegie Hall listening to the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO), which is currently in the city for two concerts, because of its 125th anniversary. The RCO is widely considered one of the best orchestra's in the world, and is even often referred to as the best orchestra in the world.
A colleague who had tickets was unable to attend and was so kind to give the ticket to me. It turned out to be a great seat in a box with eight moveable (i.e. not fixed to the ground) chairs.
- Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2, with the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos
- Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1
The orchestra, conducted by maestro Mariss Jansons, performed as one could expect from a top orchestra. IMPRESSIVE. I am not a fan of the Bartok. That is, of course, my limitation. But the Mahler was fascinating and thrilling!