Pictures at an Exhibition & Bruch's Violin Concerto at The Concertgebouw

Pictures at an Exhibition & Bruch's Violin Concerto at The Concertgebouw

Aug 23, 2023
The Concertgebouw Main Hall, Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam
From 21 euros

Lose yourself in the music as Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition comes to life with the Concertgebouworkest Young conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Together with the Spanish violin prodigy María Dueñas, the international youth orchestra will also play Bruch's Violin Concerto.

Concert programme

Get ready for a rich and varied concert programme, from beloved favourites like Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet to a recent work by a young Dutch composer. Here's an overview of the concert programme:

  • Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet, fantasy overture after Shakespeare in B minor
  • Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 26
  • Metselaar - new composition
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Ravel)


The history of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

For composers, the death of a close friend or family member tends to have one of two effects: they either retreat into their own world, devoid of inspiration and unable to compose, or this life experience results in a creative surge forwards. In the case of Mussorgsky, the latter was true.

The Russian composer was good friends with a painter called Viktor Hartmann. Tragically, Hartmann died at the peak of his career, aged just thirty-nine, and the loss of not just a close friend but an artistic inspiration had a deep effect on Mussorgsky.

By way of a tribute to Hartmann, he decided to compose Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired by an exhibition of the artist’s work, which Mussorgsky had visited after his friend’s death. The collection of ten paintings consists of impressions of everyday life and bizarre fantasies from the world of fairy tales and legends.

Rising star Maria Dueñas

The Spanish violinist María Dueñas is praised for the "freedom and playful individuality" of her playing. The Strad magazine described her rising star status as "seemingly unstoppable" after winning a slew of international violin competitions, including her interpretation of Bruch's much-loved Violin Concerto. Dueñas' debut album is released on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophone label in 2023.

Andres Orozco-Estrada conducts The Concertgebouworkest Young (the international youth orchestra of the Concertgebouw Orchestra). They will also play a new work by Dutch composer Carlijn Metselaar and Tchaikovsky's romantic fantasy overture, Romeo and Juliet.


SummerConcerts, a series of 80 concerts at the Concertgebouw

This concert is part of the SummerConcerts at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Throughout July and August you can enjoy beautiful classical concerts, swinging jazz and pop, and legendary film music at one of Amsterdam's most iconic music venues. Are you in the spirit of summer? Well, with these lively and fascinating concerts on the horizon, you will be!

All tickets come with a free drink. As well as that, for 11,50 euros you can sip on a delicious limoncello and lime cocktail during the interval. Certain concerts in the series even have a Meet & Greet with the artists after the concert, and some of the evenings end with a DJ set. The SummerConcerts are powered by VriendenLoterij.

Buy your tickets

Buy your tickets in advance on The Concertgebouw website and get to experience one of the top young orchestras in the Netherlands playing in the acoustical wonder that is The Concertgebouw. Plus, drinks are included in the ticket price - book your tickets today!