Mille-Feuille: Proceeds of classical concert to go to Ukrainian refugees

Mille-Feuille: Proceeds of classical concert to go to Ukrainian refugees

Mar 27, 2022
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam
27,50 euros (special discount for IamExpat readers)

In light of recent events, the money raised with this concert will go to Giro555 to support Ukranian refugees.

A special discount for the subscribers of the IamExpat newsletter – don’t miss the world-famous trumpeter Wim van Hasselt and pianist Vital Stahievitch in the Concertgebouw! Last tickets available.

Use discount code VRIEND22 when ordering your tickets for a special discount

The programme – Mille-Feuille

'Mille-feuille' in French, or 'Napoleon cake' in Russian, is a famous national dessert made of about sixteen layers of delicious crispy dough filled with creamy custard. This is exactly the way the programme is put together: layers of masterpieces by French and Russian composers for trumpet and piano (the crispy dough) delicately alternated with preludes by Rachmaninoff (the creamy custard).

Special discount code

For the subscribers of the IamExpat newsletter, we offer a special promotion code: VRIEND22

All you have to do is input this code in the last window when ordering the tickets, which gives you a chance to purchase 2 tickets at the price of 55,00 euros (first rank) or 45,00 euros (second rank), offering you a 10-euro discount from the original price of two tickets.

Have you been to the Concertgebouw yet?

It was Bernard Haitink who once praised the Concertgebouw as “the best instrument of the orchestra that it houses”. In the time that the Concertgebouw was taking shape, the science of acoustics was still considered a mysterious combination of many different and undefinable factors.

Professional recording equipment was still to be developed in the 20th century, so the architects at that time had only successful examples to look to. As a result, the Recital Hall became nearly identical to the renowned oval hall in the Felix Meritis House, and the Main Hall (in terms of design and materials used) to the Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany. In later restorations, the original design and finishing details of the halls were left intact as much as possible to preserve the sensitive world-famous acoustics.

The musicians

Wim Van Hasselt, a former member of the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, is one of the top celebrities of the trumpet world.

Together with pianist Vital Stahievitch, they form a permanent duo that presents a colourful repertoire for classical trumpet. Their collaboration started at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where Wim was giving lessons, and Vital teaches still. After several performances in Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, they reached the peak of their career with two concert tours around Japan in 2014 and 2017, including concerts in the famous Tokyo Opera City Hall.