Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam cancelled

In August 1892 a cholera epidemic struck Hamburg as Mahler was on his way there to conduct another season at the Stadttheater. Faced with possibly drastic consequences and defying orders that he returns to his workplace, he decided to retreat to his summer vacation spot in Berchtesgaden until the worst was over.

Faced with a pandemic affecting all of us, we, too, must act prudently, so it is both understandable and very sad that the Mahler Festival 2020 cannot take place as scheduled this May. Mahler Foundation has worked hard to support Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam in preparing this celebration of Mahler’s life and works.

Our thoughts go out to all of the musicians and organizers and to all of you.

Mahler survived the crisis, and shortly thereafter set to work on his next creation: The Resurrection Symphony.

Morten Solvik – Vice President Mahler Foundation (26-03-2020)

Take good care of each other.

Due to the coronavirus, the Concertgebouw is closed by order of the authorities until further notice. More information: www.concertgebouw.nl

  • 08-04-2020 Concertgebouw: Interview with Simon Reinink in newspaper De Volkskrant. What will happen to the festival? “We investigate all possibilities. Either way we will do everything we can to have a great Mahler Festival take place. We will first look at the form. We can not say when yet.”
  • 25-03-2020: Concertgebouw: Festival cancelled. In order to curb a further outbreak of the corona virus, the authorities announced a ban on all meetings on Monday, March 23. This ban is effective until June 1, 2020. All events in The Concertgebouw until 1 June 2020 will therefore be canceled or postponed. Over the coming weeks, we will be investigating if these events can be moved to a later date. As soon as we have more clarity on this, we will contact you on how to further process the tickets you have purchased. We ask for your continued patience and understanding. Simon Reinink – Managing Director.
  • 22-03-2020: The existing ban on gatherings, meetings, and events of a hundred people or more will remain in place until 01-06-2020, a lengthy extension beyond the original 06-04-2020 end date. The ban now covers smaller groups.
  • 15-03-2020: Dutch ban extended until 06-04-2020.
  • 12-03-2020: Dutch authorities announced a ban on events involving more than 100 people until Tuesday 31-03-2020.
  • 27-02-2020: First patient diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands.
  • 00-12-2019: In the Wuhan region in China, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus also called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) began. The virus can cause COVID-19 disease. Most patients have a fever and respiratory complaints.

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In 2020 it is exactly 100 years since the First Mahler Festival was held in Amsterdam to mark the 25th anniversary of the legendary conductor Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) as chief conductor of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). The Second Mahler Festival was held in 1995, exactly 25 years before the 2020 festival. This is the Third Mahler Festival in Amsterdam. 

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Program Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam

Friday 08-05-2020 to Sunday 17-05-2020 (10 days).

Mahler Pavilion at Museumplein (Museumsquare)

Events take place throughout the day in and around the Mahler Pavilion. 

Mahler Pavilion.

  • Free Mahler @ The Movies.
  • Free Lunchtime concerts.
  • Free Live streams. All concerts, Talks, Lectures and Symposiums. Live streams from the concerts in the Main Hall start at 20:00 hours. On outside wall of the pavilion.
  • Mahler Talks.
  • Mahler Lectures.
  • Mahler Symposiums.
  • Mahler café.
  • Food trucks.
  • Live streams highend-audio and-video. All concerts, Talks, Lectures and Symposiums. Live streams from the concerts in the Main Hall start at 20:00 hours. Inside the pavilion.

The Pavilion gives everyone the chance to experience Mahler’s music in a casual festival atmosphere.

Soloists

  • Adrian Eröd (baritone).
  • Andrew Staples (tenor).
  • Ashley Riches (baritone).
  • Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano).
  • Catriona Morison (mezzo-soprano).
  • Christiane Karg (soprano).
  • Claudia Huckle (mezzo-soprano).
  • Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano).
  • Feride Büyükdenktas (mezzo-soprano).
  • Fleur Barron (mezzo-soprano).
  • Gabriella Noble (mezzo-soprano).
  • Gerhild Romberger (alto).
  • Hanna Husáhr (soprano).
  • James Newby (baritone).
  • Julien van Mellaerts (baritone).
  • Roderick Williams (bariton).
  • Joelle Harvey (soprano).
  • Milan Siljanov (bass-baritone).
  • Okka von der Damerau (mezzo-soprano).
  • Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano).
  • Sarah Wegener (soprano).
  • Shenyang (bass-baritone).
  • Simon O’Neill (tenor).
  • Sophie Rennert (mezzo-soprano).
  • Stefanie Irányi (mezzo-soprano).
  • Susanne Bernhard (soprano).

Choirs

  • National Children’s choir (Nationaal Kinderkoor). Choir conductor: Peter Dijkstra.
  • Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor). Choir conductor: José Antonio Sainz Alfaro.
  • Flemish Radio Choir.
  • Orfeón Donostiarra.
  • Vocal Ensemble MUSA.

Accompanists

Orchestras

Conductors

 

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26-03-2020: Festival cancelled

  • 26-03-2020: Mahler Foundation: In August 1892 a cholera epidemic struck Hamburg as Mahler was on his way there to conduct another season at the Stadttheater. Faced with possibly drastic consequences and defying orders that he return to his workplace, he decided to retreat to his summer vacation spot in Berchtesgaden until the worst was over. We, too, must avoid an epidemic in these trying times, so it is deeply disappointing that the Mahler Festival 2020 cannot take place as scheduled this May. Mahler Foundation has worked so hard to support Het Concertgebouw in preparing this celebration of Mahler’s life and works. Our thoughts go out to all of the musicians and organizers and to all of you. Morten Solvik – Vice President
  • 25-03-2020: Concertgebouw: Festival cancelled. In order to curb a further outbreak of the corona virus, the authorities announced a ban on all meetings on Monday, March 23. This ban is effective until June 1, 2020. All events in The Concertgebouw until 1 June 2020 will therefore be canceled or postponed. Over the coming weeks, we will be investigating if these events can be moved to a later date. As soon as we have more clarity on this, we will contact you on how to further process the tickets you have purchased. We ask for your continued patience and understanding. Simon Reinink – General Director.

  • 22-03-2020: The existing ban on gatherings, meetings, and events of a hundred people or more will remain in place until 01-06-2020, a lengthy extension beyond the original 06-04-2020 end date. The ban now covers smaller groups.
  • 15-03-2020: Dutch ban extended until 06-04-2020.

13-03-2020: Additional program

A Conversation with Marina Mahler

Wolfgang Schaufler, editor of Gustav Mahler – The Conductors’ Interviews, in conversation with Marina Mahler, granddaughter of the composer. Speakers: Marina Mahler, Wolfgang Schaufler and Andrea Zietzschmann.

One of the special guests at the Mahler Festival is Marina Mahler, Gustav Mahler’s granddaughter and founder/chairwoman of the Mahler Foundation. Together with Wolfgang Schaufler, who works at Universal Edition and is editor of Gustav Mahler – The Conductors’ Interviews, she speaks about the Mahler Foundation and her family history. Andrea Zietzschmann, director of the Berlin Philharmonic, talks about Mahler’s relationship with his publishers and about the production of critical editions, in particular Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

The conversation ends musically with ‘Das himmlische Leben’ from Symphony No. 4 by soprano Jeannette van Schaik. Gustav Mahler himself can be heard through a pianola. Presented by Universal Edition. 11-05-2020 14:30-16:00 Pavilion.

Mahler’s Zeitgeist: Philipp Blom & Lisa Smit

Philipp Blom about changing society. During an English lecture, prestigious thinkers talk about the fascinating time in which Mahler lived. In collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum. Speakers: Philipp Blom and Lisa Smit.

Vienna around 1900. Writers, philosophers, artists, architects, physicists and psychiatrists: they all seek and find innovation. Rarely has so much interest been produced in one place from a variety of disciplines in a relatively short time. Austrian artists subjected existing traditions to critical redefinition and searched for a new identity. The renewal which artists like Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka revolted, directed against the bourgeois values and lifestyle. The young generation sought new certainties in art, the emotional world and the cultivation of the individual.

Philipp Blom (philosopher, historian and writer) and Lisa Smit (associate curator at the Van Gogh Museum) tell you in this Mahler’s Zeitgeist about the social developments in Gustav Mahler’s Vienna. 12-05-2020 14:30 Pavilion.

Mahler’s Zeitgeist: Robbert Dijkgraaf & Edwin Becker

Revolutions in Science and Technology: tiltings of concepts of space, time and matter. During an English lecture, prestigious thinkers talk about the fascinating time in which Mahler lived. In collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum. Speakers: Robbert Dijkgraaf and Edwin Becker

Vienna around 1900. A fascinating period in which the developments at a phenomenal rate are tumbling over each other. Tonality is no longer the norm, atonality is introduced in the music. Non-figurative and provocative art emerges in the visual arts. Science and technology are forever changing the sense of distance and space. In the field of psychiatry, psychotherapy and philosophy, groundbreaking insights lead to a new perspective on humanity. The first major wave of globalization is destroying the financial foundations of the nobility and allowing the emergence of wealthy citizens. Dramatic developments that ultimately lead to the final farewell to the old world.

Edwin Becker, chief curator of exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum, tells how Gustav Klimt caused a violent, even political, controversy among professors. His ‘vague and dark thoughts’ were inconsistent with the worldview of the University, where reason and progressive thinking were paramount. In Vienna, a new perception of the concept of space is also emerging: we see an innovative approach to the second and third dimensions, particularly in the architecture of Josef Hoffmann and the beautiful design of the Wiener Werkstaette. Robbert Dijkgraaf, university professor of theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam, columnist, and director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, will tell you about these changes in space, time and matter. 13-05-2020 14:30 Pavilion.

Mahler’s Zeitgeist: Damiaan Denys & Beatrice von Bormann

Neuroses and happiness: Damiaan Denys on psychiatry and psychotherapy. During an English lecture, prestigious thinkers talk about the fascinating time in which Mahler lived. In collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum. Speakers: Damiaan Denys and Beatrice von Bormann.

Vienna around 1900. A fascinating period in which the developments at a phenomenal rate are tumbling over each other. Tonality is no longer the norm, atonality is introduced in the music. Non-figurative and provocative art emerges in the visual arts. Science and technology are forever changing the sense of distance and space. In the field of psychiatry, psychotherapy and philosophy, groundbreaking insights lead to a new perspective on humanity. The first major wave of globalization is destroying the financial foundations of the nobility and allowing the emergence of wealthy citizens. Dramatic developments that ultimately lead to the final farewell to the old world.

This Mahler’s Zeitgeist focuses on developments in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Your guides are Damiaan Denys, philosopher, psychiatrist and professor at the University of Amsterdam, and Beatrice von Bormann, curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. 14-05-2020 14:30 Pavilion.

Play Mengelberg between light and dark

Afternoon show about Willem Mengelberg in De Balie (in Dutch)

  • Text: Philo Bregstein and Martin van Amerongen
  • Film fragments: Philo Bregstein
  • Direction: Carel Alphenaar
  • Performance: Helmert Woudenberg, De Theatertroep, Krisjan Schellingerhout, Sam Ghilaine
  • Production: De Balie and Rene Mendel (Interakt film televisie multimedia)

A new performance of the play Willem Mengelberg between light and dark by Martin van Amerongen and Philo Bregstein. The story of a brilliant spirit who made music for the Nazis, lost his job and was put out of office, but consistently maintained that the true artist shuns all forms of politics.

Conductor Willem Mengelberg (1871 – 1951) was in charge of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for fifty years, making it one of the best ensembles in the world and introduced the composer Gustav Mahler to the general public. The play text Willem Mengelberg between light and dark by Martin van Amerongen and Philo Bregstein was performed in De Balie earlier in 2011.

Helmert Woudenberg, the actors of De Theatertroep, Krisjan Schellingerhout, Jacob de Groot and Sam Ghilaine dive under the direction of Carel Alphenaar in the sentence of a hated and beloved conductor. A story about art, engagement and collaboration. With unique, historical film images by filmmaker Philo Bregstein.

Please note: this performance is in Dutch. 15-05-2020, 16-02-2020 and 17-05-2020 15:30-17:00, Theater De Balie.

03-03-2020: Mahler Festival History

Dive into the world of the very first Mahler Festival Amsterdam:

01-05-1920. Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 1920. Advertisement in De Kunst magazine.

02-03-2020: Presentation ‘The Arduous Road to Vienna (1860-1897)’ by Sybille Werner

This long awaited revised volume I completes Henry-Louis de La Grange (1924-2017)‘s four-volumes. The present instalment, covering the years 1860 to 1897, traces the life and career of Mahler from his birth in a small village in Bohemia to his appointment to the Vienna Hofoper, then the most prestigious opera house in the world. It describes his family background, his student days at the Vienna Conservatory, his private life, and his burgeoning career as both conductor and composer. Some of his major works – starting with Das Klagende Lied (1881), the early Wunderhorn songs, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and the first three symphonies date from this period of his life. Completed, revised and edited by Sybille Werner.

approx. 828 p., 58 b/w ill., 210 x 260 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58814-8
Languages: English

This volume is officially presented by Sybille Werner at the Gustav Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam in collaboration with Mahler Foundation. The Mahler Talk by Sybille Werner is 08-05-2020 in the Pavilion.

01-03-2020: Contribution Mahler Foundation

Contribution of Mahler Foundation.

01-03-2020: Schedule program pavilion

Schedule program pavilion

29-02-2020: Mahlers Zeitgeist – Duocolleges Van Gogh (1853-1890) Museum

Lectures by the Van Gogh Museum about Gustav Mahler and contemporaries, including Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980). In the Mahler Pavilion.

28-02-2020: Tickets for the Free Lunchtime Concerts

For this Lunchtime Concerts in the Mahler Pavilion you will require a ticket, which is free of charge. These tickets are available at the box office at the Pavilion, from 12:00 onwards. As these concerts are very popular, please ensure you arrive in time to obtain your tickets. Doors to the Pavilion open about 15 minutes before the Lunchtime Concert starts. Concerts start at 13:00.

27-02-2020: Coronavirus

In the Wuhan region in China, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus also called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) began in December 2019. The virus can cause COVID-19 disease. Most patients have a fever and respiratory complaints. On 27-02-2020, the first patient was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands.

23-02-2020: Exhibition ‘Mahler and his Dutch Friends’ in The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is preparing a special cabinet under the title ‘Mahler and his Dutch Friends’. Here you can see pictures from the legacy of Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921), among other things. The exhibition highlights the special bond between Gustav Mahler, Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) and other Dutch friends.

1951. Leather photo holder (h 10 x w 20 cm) with the portraits of Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) (l), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) (m) and Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921) (r). Separately, a picture of Mahler has been inserted. This triptych was on the bedside table at Mengelbergs bed in his room in Chasa Mengelberg.

21-02-2020: Photo competition

Competition: Where was this photo taken?

Send your answer before 17-03-2020 to mail-win@concertgebouw.nl. Among the good entries, two free tickets will be raffled for the live stream of the opening concert by Jaap van Zweden and the NYPO, 08-05-2020 in the Mahler Pavilion. Do not forget to mention your name and address. The answer and the name of the winner will be on concertgebouw.nl from 17-03-2020.

 15-02-2020: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO)-Mahler Archive (Click for videos)

 

RCO’s most frequently Mahler conductors (Click for video).

RCO’s most frequently performed Mahler compositions (Click for video).

  • Source: archief.concertgebouworkest.nl/en/archive/search/
  • Period: 1903-2019.
  • Editor: Peter Kooreman

14-02-2020: Reinbert de Leeuw (1938-2020) died

See obituary on Gustav Mahler legacy: 14-02-2020.

Die liebe Erde alluberall
Bluht auf im Lenz und grunt
Aufs neu! Alluberall und ewig
Blauen licht die Fernen!
Ewig … ewig …

Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde

De Volkskrant, 17-02-2020

14-02-2020: Symphonic Cinema

Review in Dutch Newspaper NRC (14-02-2020).

11-02-2020: Symphonic Cinema The Echo of Being

  • 20:25 Main Hall: ‘The Echo of Being’.
  • 22:00 Main Hall: ‘The Echo of Being’.

A magnificent and unique experience where sound and image meld together, in live performance. Filmmaker Lucas van Woerkum (himself a French-horn player) will control the speed of the film from the orchestra pit so that the film is synchronised with the music, and yet each performance is slightly different. In the wake of previous acclaim with Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will play music by Gustav Mahler. Antony Hermus will conduct. As part of the run-up to the 2020 Mahler Festival, filmmaker Lucas van Woerkum’s latest production will have its premiere.

‘The Echo of Being’ is based on biographical elements from the lives of Gustav and Alma Mahler and their young daughter Maria. Van Woerkum’s work is a reflection on life, death, and everything after that. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will play the symphonic poem Totenfeier (Funeral Rites), as well as selections from Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 as well as from his last work, the Symphony No. 10.

  • Mahler-Ruhevoll (from ‘Symphony No. 4 in G major’)
  • Mahler-Totenfeier, Symphonische Dichtung für grosses Orchester
  • Mahler-Adagio: sehr langsam und noch zurück haltend (from ‘Symphony No. 9 in D major’)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Antony Hermus. Film: Lucas van Woerkum.

02-02-2020: Symphonic Cinema The Echo of Being

Due to the great interest in Symphonic Cinema there is an extra film concert of The Echo of Being on 11-02-2020 at 10 p.m. in The Concertgebouw.

26-01-2020: Just announced: Talk with Marina Mahler

23-01-2020: Official Festival website Concertgebouw

22-01-2020: Change in starting time & documentaries

Prior to all symphonies in the Great Hall an inspiring documentary is shown about Mahler and the symphony of the evening in question. The documentaries provide background and context around Mahler’s Universe. We heartily recommend this.

You can attend the documentary on presentation of your concert ticket for that evening. We ask you to take a seat in the documentary on the seats reserved for your concert in your name. Do you not want to attend the documentary? Then we would like to welcome you at the start of the concert.

The concert evening is as follows:

  • 19:45 Start of the documentary in the Main Hall
  • 20:30 Concert in the Main Hall

Note: the start time of the concerts has been adjusted by adding the documentaries! The documentaries last approximately 20 minutes. You can leave the room after the documentary and before the start of the concert or you can stay in the room.

22-01-2020: Promo video Maher Festival 2020 Amsterdam

Promo video Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam.

21-01-2020: Tickets sales live streams (expected)

Start ticket sales for the live streams at 10.00 CET. Outside of the pavilion in Amsterdam there will be a large screen where everyone can follow the live streams for free. 

21-01-2020: Sponsors, funds and partners

We are grateful to all of the many sponsors whose support has made the Mahler Pavilion possible. American Express is the proud Presenting Sponsor of the Mahler Festival. We are delighted with their help in enabling so many local and global music fans to enjoy Mahler’s music.

The Concertgebouw would also like to thank the following companies for their support: Schiphol, Van Lanschot Kempen, Achmea, Arcadis, BAM, Bisnez, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Deloitte, EDGE, ING, KLM, LeasePlan, Q-Park, Randstad, Stibbe, Universal Edition, Vision Luxury Experiences, VolkerWessels, BeamSystems, BIZ, Da Capo Orchestral Audio en Van Gogh Museum.

Many funds have contributed to making Mahler’s Universe more accessible: Blockbusterfonds, BNG Cultuurfonds, Brook Foundation, De Weille Ogier, Hendrik Muller Fonds, Het Concertgebouw Fonds, Mahler Foundation, Mengelberg Stiftung, P.W. Janssen’s Friesche Stichting, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Thurkow Fonds, Triodos Foundation, Turing Foundation, Zabawas, and various individuals have made particular contributions to the Mahler Festival.

Thanks to the Municipality of Amsterdam we can realize the Mahler Pavilion. The Mahler Festival media partners are the NPO, NTR and AVROTROS broadcasting networks.

20-01-2020: Vocalists

The following names have been added to the program:

  • Symphony No. 2: Flemish Radio Choir.
  • Symphony No. 3: Netherlands Radio Choir, National Children’s Choir.
  • Symphony No. 8:
    • Sarah Wegener (soprano), Susanne Bernhard (soprano), Hanna Husáhr (soprano), Stefanie Irányi (mezzo-soprano), Claudia Huckle (mezzo-soprano), Simon O’Neill (tenor), Adrian Eröd (baritone), Shenyang (bass-baritone).
    • Netherlands Radio Choir, Vocal Ensemble MUSA, Orfeón Donostiarra, National Children’s Choir.
    • Peter Dijkstra (choir conductor), José Antonio Sainz Alfaro (choir conductor).

19-01-2020: Festival Book. Start sign up

Do you want to know everything about the Mahler Festival 2020? Then the 120-page, richly illustrated Mahler Festival book is a must-have.

In this book you will find information about the Mahler Festival: concert summaries, biographies of the musicians and orchestras, information about the additional programming. Moreover, the festival book contains a world of in-depth articles. Jan Brokken writes about Mahler in Amsterdam and Geert Mak provides historical context to Mahler’s life. The archivists of the orchestras of Berlin, Vienna and New York talk about Mahler’s bond with these cities. Vrouwkje Tuinman asked various collaborators at the festival about the significance of Mahler’s music at this time. For example, she spoke to Marina Mahler, the composer’s granddaughter, and conductors Jaap van Zweden and Iván Fischer.

The Mahler Festival book will be published mid-April. You can reserve your copy now (in Dutch or English) at the discounted price of € 12.50. You will receive an email with more information in April. From 1st May the price of the festival book will be € 17.50.

You can now sign up for the Mahler Festival Program Book.

18-01-2020: Facebook event

Facebook event Mahler Festival 2020.

17-01-2020: Press release

Press Release Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam.

16-01-2020: Program and tickets free lunchtime concerts

Free Lunchtime Concerts in the Pavilion begin at 1.00 p.m. and last until about 1.30 p.m. You will hear renowned musicians as well as young talents. Expect concerts with different arrangements of Mahler’s music, music from his contemporaries and music by composers from a wide range of genres, such as klezmer and jazz, who were influenced by Mahler. First choice for Concert Friends.

5 Free lunchconcerts. Dates: 11-05-2020, 12-05-2020, 13-05-2020, 14-05-2020 and 15-05-2020. More information in January.

16-01-2020: Orchestra of the Earth

Pre-sale of tickets for Symphony No. 4 by the Orchestra of the Earth. Concert Sunday 17-05-2020 in Paradiso. Ticket sales through Paradiso.

Mahler Pavilion.

Mahler Pavilion.

04-01-2020: Gustav Mahler for children (tags: children’s program, kinderprogramma, kinderen)

  • Mahler’s Digital Classroom. For the age of 4 to 12 years. Production by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and 123Zing, Dutch. Opening in January 2020.
  • Me, Myself and Mahler. For the age of 10 to 13 years. Production by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Dutch. pdf for teachers and audio and video fragments. February 2020.
  • Strange Birds. For the age of 6 to 12 years. Family concert in the nature. Production by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Dutch, April and May 2020.

08-12-2019: Acoustics in the pavilion

All the symphonies in the Great Hall are streamed live in the Mahler Pavilion on high-tech screens. The 12 different camera angles give the display an extra dimension and the interior walls of the Pavilion subtly color in a graphic design language through video mapping. The sound is also of very high quality, dolby surround and in the Pavilion you hear nothing of the ambient sounds of the Museumplein. Tickets 17,50 euro.

23-11-2019: Concertgebouw Award

Jaap van Zweden (1960) is the winner of the Concertgebouw Prize 2020. Award ceremony  on 07-05-2020.

12-11-2019: Start of the Mahler Festival 2020

On Tuesday 12 November we will celebrate the start of the Mahler Festival 2020 with passe-partout holders in the Spiegelzaal (Mirror Hall). We are happy to welcome you from 4.15 pm in the Entrance Hall of the Concertgebouw where your tickets are ready. The reception in the Spiegelzaal starts at 4.30 p.m. Simon Reinink talks about the state of affairs of the festival and Jolien Schuerveld explains the vital role of patrons in maintaining traditions such as the Mahler festival and advocates involvement in the Concertgebouw Fund. Musical accompaniment by Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano) and Thomas Beijer (piano).

The Concertgebouw Fund (Fonds) is sponsor of the festival.

Performed are:

  • Gustav Mahler- Kindertotenlieder, Lied 4: Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen. Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano) and Thomas Beijer (piano).
  • Alma Mahler (1879-1964)-Lied: Bei dir ist es traut. Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano) and Thomas Beijer (piano).
  • Gustav Mahler- Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Lied 11: Urlicht. Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano) and Thomas Beijer (piano).

Ticket for the meeting.

Introduction and update about the Festival by Simon Reinink (1966):

  • Most important things are settled now.
  • The (often young) singers of the Mahler songs in the small Hall symbolize the Search for the new Hampson.
  • Three programs for children are available.
  • The pavilion on the Museumplein will accommodate 650 people.
  • Outside of the pavilion there will be a large screen where everyone can follow the concerts live streams for free.
  • Work is under way to get permission in as many countries as possible to broadcast the live streams of all concerts in the main Hall.
  • On 07-05-2020 there will be a dinner with Jaap van Zweden.
  • During the festival an exhibition about Willem Mengelberg will be held at the Rijksmuseum.
  • For every symphony there is a 15-minute English-language documentary made. The documentary can be seen in the main Hall, an hour before the performance.
  • Symphonic Cinema is available during the festival. With this application, video follows audio.
  • For member of the Concertgebouw Fund and Circle members private facilities in the Small Hall will be available.
  • A total of 1200 passe-partouts were sold.
  • A book about the festival will be published in December 2019.
  • Later in 2020 there will be an exhibition in the Van Gogh museum about Klimt and Vienna in 1900. With lectures.

Presentation about Gustav Mahler by Mischa Spel and Michel Krielaars (Mahler texts).

Drink in the Mirror Hall.

06-11-2019: Publication of the children’s program

06-02-2020 and 07-02-2020. Experience the fascinating music of the composer Gustav Mahler with the class. In 2020, Het Concertgebouw organizes the Mahler Festival, a tribute to one of the most famous composers ever: Gustav Mahler. Especially for the pupils of groups 7 and 8, Mahler is alive and kicking again:

I am not dead! Fake news! My music is timeless. I sing, I laugh, I dance. Someone comments?”

With the help of a large dose of humor, Mahler’s music becomes accessible to children. A symphony? A rap? Or perhaps better in the form of a musical? A performance full of brilliant body percussions: sing, dance, tap, clap and stamp. A symphony orchestra that plays Mahler’s music is an adventure for the ears and in combination with a Hall full of singing children a unique concert experience.

Teaching materials

10-10-2019: Ticket sales Symposia and introductions

Start of the ticket sales for the symposia and the concert introductions in the Pavilion.

19-09-2019: Mais le corps taché d’ombres

At the Mahler Festival, on 16-05-2020, the Korean maestro Myung-whun Chung will be leading the Concertgebouworkest in the mighty Ninth Symphony, preceded by a commissioned work by the young Dutch composer Rick van Veldhuizen (world premiere). This remarkable young composer does just what Mahler did in his day: confronting the orchestra with the popular music with which he grew up. Name of the composition is ‘Mais le corps taché d’ombres’ (But the body stained with shadows).

22-08-2019: Invitation to a private meeting for passe-partout holders

Invitation to a private meeting for passe-partout holders of the Mahler Festival 2020 on tuesday 12-11-2019 in the Spiegelzaal (Mirror Hall) of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw (between 16:30 to 18:30 pm). Host is Simon Reinink (1966). Program: Information about the current state of affairs regarding the content of the festival, a presentation by Mischel Spel and Michel Krielaars (NRC newspaper) about the relationship between Gustav and Alma Mahler and a presentation by Jolien Schuerveld (director of the Concertgebouw Fund) about private involvement in the Concertgebouw. Register in advance at fonds@concertgebouw.nl

29-07-2019: Official update

In less than a year, it’s time for the long-awaited Mahler Festival 2020. With this email, we are letting you know about the latest developments.

Marina Mahler on the Mahler Festival 2020
Granddaughter Marina Mahler will be guest of honour at the festival next year. In this video, she explains how Gustav Mahler influenced her life, and looks ahead to Mahler 2020. ‘Amsterdam is a city that Mahler loved and that honoured him greatly during his lifetime.’ Video message from Marina Mahler.

Book your accommodation on time
In May 2020, there will also be two other major events in the Netherlands: the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Eurovision Song Contest. These events will mean extra crowds in Amsterdam during the Mahler Festival. We therefore advise you to book your accommodation in advance. (See also: ’27-07-2019: Prior events in Amsterdam and the Netherlands’ on this page.)

Recital Hall tickets on sale now
In addition to the symphonies in the Main Hall, there will also be seven concerts in the Recital Hall during the festival. You will be able, for instance, to hear Mahler’s songs by pianist Julius Drake (1959) with top international soloists. Tickets for these concerts are now available.

Restaurant LIER during the Mahler Festival
During the Mahler Festival you can enjoy a delicious meal in Restaurant LIER. Lunches, dinners, interval packages and suppers are served with different menus, inspired by the symphony of that day. Restaurant LIER (Lyre).

More information
Do you have any questions or would you like more information? Please contact us at kassa@concertgebouw.nl or phone the Concertgebouw line on: +31 (0)20 671 83 45; lines are open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. We will be delighted to help you. You can also follow the Mahler Festival 2020 Facebook event.

Yours sincerely,
The Royal Concertgebouw

Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Lyre.

27-07-2019: Prior events in Amsterdam and the Netherlands

  • Monday 27-04-2020: National Royal Day or King’s Day. Public Holiday. King’s Day (Koningsdag) is an orange-filled celebration for the King’s birthday held every year. Renowned for being one of the biggest and most colourful (orange) festivities in the Netherlands, and especially so in Amsterdam. All residents may offer (on a non-professional basis) products and services in the city streets without a market permit.
  • Sunday 03-05-2020: Formula One in Zandvoort (near Haarlem beach). Live broadcasting.
  • Monday 04-05-2020: National Remembrance Day. National 2 minutes silence at 20:00. King and Queen at Dam Square Amsterdam. Live broadcasting.
  • Tuesday 05-05-2020: National Liberation Day. Public Holiday. All of the Netherlands will pause to commemorate the country’s liberation. The German army surrendered on this day in 1945, bringing the Second World War to an end for the Netherlands. Since then, the Netherlands has strived to be the capital of freedom, independence and tolerance. To celebrate its continual liberation and societal freedoms, various activities and events are planned throughout the city.
  • Tuesday 05-05-2020: Amstel Concert. Liberation Day will conclude with the Amstel Concert. Starting at 21:00, artists from diverse musical genres will perform on an enormous floating podium, with the stately Royal Carré Theatre in the background. The concert will be attended by the King and Queen, as well as all volunteers for the 04-05-2020 and 05-05-2020 festivities. Live broadcasting.
  • Tuesday 12-05-2019, Thursday 14-05-2019 and Saturday 16-05-2020: Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands. Not in Amsterdam but in Rotterdam (Ahoy venue). Extra tourists in Amsterdam. Live broadcasting.

25-07-2019: Publication program Symposium ‘Mahler’s Universe’

  • Publication of the program of the Symposium ‘Mahler’s Universe’ on 09-05-2020 and 10-05-2020.
  • A two-day congress about the texts that Mahler used for his songs and symphonies. What are the recurring themes, which choices did he make, what was his relation to the ideas and worlds of the writers and philosophers behind the texts? Looking deeper into this subject will lead to a clear and multi-layered view on the composer and his time, his outer-and his inner world.
  • Location: Mahler Pavilion.
  • See ‘Program Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam’ for details.
  • Ticket sales starts 01-09-2019 at www.concertgebouw.nl

23-07-2019: Mahler Festival Sponsorship

  • Mahler Pavilion on Museum Square

    Interest in the upcoming Mahler Festival 2020 has been overwhelming: passe-partouts were sold out within three days. The Concertgebouw wants to make it possible for more people to share in this unique festival, and therefore dreams of building a spacious Mahler Pavilion on Museum Square. This will allow thousands of visitors to enjoy the concerts both inside and outside the pavilion, via live streaming.

Impression Mahler Pavilion on Museum Square

Impression Mahler Pavilion on Museum Square.

To make this possible, support from the business community is indispensable. Companies supporting the Mahler Pavilion are offered the following unique benefits:

  • Mahler’s Universe Dinner I: An exclusive dinner in the Mirror Hall at a private table for ten people for your company, and first class tickets for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Berlin Philharmonic on 11-05-2020 in the legendary Main Hall.

  • Mahlers’s Universe Dinner II: An exclusive dinner in the Mirror Hall at a private table for ten people for your company, and first class tickets for Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the Vienna Philharmonic on 12-05-2020 in the legendary Main Hall.

  • Friday Night @ Museum Square: Receiving creative inspiration, learning more about Mahler and networking in a casual atmosphere: all of this is possible on 15-05-2020 in the Mahler Pavilion on Museum Square. Introduce your business associates and colleagues to the beauty and depth of Mahler’s music. You will receive twenty admission tickets to this event. More information: m.palmen@concertgebouw.nl

15-07-2019: Live stream Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020

10-07-2019: Restoration Night Watch

  • The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam starts restoring Rembrandt van Rijn’s (1606 Leiden -1669 Amsterdam) famous painting ‘ The Night Watch ‘. The painting will be restored in the Hall where it’s currently hanging, and visitors to the museum are welcome to watch the process. The restoration will take more than a year. Check progress during the Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam. The restoration can be followed online.

08-07-2019: Program change

  • As a result of planning cHallenges, the start time of the matinee concert on Saturday, 09-05-2020 (RPO / Hannu Lintu), has been changed from 14:15 to 13:30. The program is unchanged. The new end time is approximately 15:50 uur.

03-06-2019: Symposium

  • First details of the Symposium Mahlers Universe on 09-05-2020 and 10-05-2020 by the Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland and the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw. See 2020 program.

19-05-2019: Mahler’s Univers

09-05-2019: Mahler Foundation and The Royal Concertgebouw are joining forces

  • The Mahler Foundation and The Royal Concertgebouw are proud to announce that they are joining forces for a number of special events at the Mahler Festival 2020. Exhibitions, commissions of new works, films and documentaries, and an international forum on the environment entitled ‘Song of the Earth’ will augment the musical performances in an innovative exploration of the man behind the masterpieces.

    “Joining hands with all the young people marching everywhere for the preservation of the earth, ‘Song of the Earth’ will become a battle cry”, says Marina Fistoulari Mahler (1943). Listen to her statement on the occasion of the collaboration with The Royal Concertgebouw:

08-05-2019: Festival in one year

26-02-2019: Ticket sales (III) for the performances announced on 25-02-2019

  • As additional series for holders of a subscription for the 2019-2020 season.
  • Non-Symphony performances.

25-02-2019: More participants announced

  • For performances on 09-05-2020, 11-05-2020, 12-05-2020, 14-05-2020, 15-05-2020, 16-05-2020 and 17-05-2020.

25-02-2019: Mahler family

22-02-2019: Das Klagende Lied

21-02-2019: Ticket sales (II) Sunday morning concert series

  • Start tickets sales for the two Sunday morning concerts (10-05-2020 and 17-05-2020).

20-02-2019: More participants announced

07-12-2018: Posters in Concertgebouw

07-12-2018. Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020. Poster in Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw.

07-12-2018. Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020. Poster in Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw.

07-12-2018. Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020. Poster in Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw.

30-11-2018: Initial program

27-11-2018: Passe-partouts received

  • Printed tickets received.

2018. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****. Ticket.

21-11-2018: Passe-partouts sold out

  • All passe-partouts sold out.

2018. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw.

20-11-2018: Ticket sales (I) Passe-partouts

  • Passe-partouts. For holders of a subscription.

19-11-2018: Mahler Foundation (co-host)

18-11-2018: Composition Rick van Veldhuizen

  • Rick van Veldhuizen (1994). Member of the 2011 Young Talent Class, Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Composition at the request of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). The piece is still under development (11-2018). The plan is currently that it will be a kind of prelude to Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Not for the entire orchestra, but for the strings section and harp. The orchestration is like the Adagietto of Symphony No. 5, although it does not necessarily have a lot to do with it). Duration circa 8 minutes. World premiere 16-05-2020. The day of Mahler Symphony No. 9.

17-11-2018: Accommodation

15-11-2018: Theme of the festival

  • The central theme of the festival is ‘Mahler’s Universe’.

2018. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****. ‘Mahler’s Universe’. 

14-11-2018: Visitors

13-11-2018: Passe-partouts sales Concertvrienden

  • Program published.
  • Passe-partouts almost sold out.
  • Passe-partout holders will receive an invitation for an exclusive reception in due course.

2018. Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020. Program.

09-11-2018: Contact Festival organization

08-11-2018: Symphonies, orchestras and conductors

The first contours of the program in the Dutch evening newspaper NRC.

2018. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****. The first contours of the program in the evening newspaper NRC of 08-11-2018. Interview Simon Reinink (1966) -Director of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw.

13-11-2018: Passe-partouts sales Gustav Kringleden and Share holders

  • Passe-partouts.

12-09-2018: Logo Mahler Festival 2020

2018. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****.

10-09-2018: Ticket sales announcement

Planning for the ticket sales has been announced:

  • 01-06-2019: Start sales tickets Main Hall and Small Hall concerts. Start single ticket sales for all concerts.
  • 26-02-2019: Start sales tickets Main Hall and Small Hall via serial sales. Select your own concerts series.
  • 20-11-2018: Start sales passe-partouts Main Hall. Order your passe-partout ticket for all Mahler symphonies.
  • 13-11-2018: Start sales passe-partouts Main Hall Concertvrienden and Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland. Detailed concert information online.
  • 06-11-2018: Start sales passe-partouts Main Hall Kringleden and Share holders.
  • 10-09-2018: Preludium September 2018:

Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****. Ticket sales announcement.

  • 20-08-2018: More information expected in September 2018. 
  • 26-05-2018: No new information.
  • 06-02-2018: No further details available yet from the Dutch Mahler Society.
  • 19-12-2017: Release of The Mahler Festival-Official website: In the upcoming months, more information on the Mahler Festival will be added to this website.
  • 30-10-2017: No new information.
  • 23-03-2017: The date the ticket sale starts, has yet to be announced. Follow this page to stay up to date with the latest developments.

01-09-2018: Line-up

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) and the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) have been added to the line-up.

27-04-2018: Mahler Foundation and Mahler’s Universe

The Mahler Foundation will use this special occasion to partner with the Concertgebouw to launch a special program to indicate its future mission and projects. Mahler Foundation is working in partnership with Het Concertgebouw in its capacity as the organisers of Mahler Festival 2020. This international cultural event, marking the 100th anniversary of the first-ever celebration of the composer in Amsterdam in 1920, is entitled ‘Mahler’s Universe’ and will feature performances of all of Mahler’s works by some of the world’s foremost orchestras and singers.

Mahler Foundation will contribute a series of events to augment the impact and reach of these concerts allowing us to highlight Gustav Mahler’s profoundly perceptive and generous view of life and art:

  1. Co-commissioning works by contemporary composers to be premiered alongside Mahler’s symphonies;
  2. Hosting a film festival highlighting Mahler’s life and works in many different ways;
  3. Organising a tree-planting ceremony for children choristers participating in the Festival;
  4. Contributing to pre-concert and intermission talks and presentations;
  5. Curating and producing a photo exhibition based on the Mahler Family albums;
  6. Presenting a 2-day symposium by the Gustav Mahler Forum exploring issues crucial to Mahler’s personal sensibilities and concerns, including the environment, cultural identity, and religion;
  7. Premiering the presentation of the first-ever Mahler Award, an international honour recognising an individual or organisation that demonstrates exceptional achievement and embodies the Mahler Foundation’s aims and areas of concern; contemporary art, youth culture, and the environment.

19-12-2017: Release official website

The Mahler Festival will be held in May 2020. This will be The Royal Concertgebouw’s third grand homage to the world-renowned composer. In 2020 it will be exactly 100 years since the first Mahler Festival was held in Amsterdam to mark the 25th anniversary of the legendary conductor Willem Mengelberg as chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The second Mahler Festival was held in 1995, exactly 25 years before the 2020 festival.

Four major international orchestras

The Mahler Festival in May 2020 will include performances of all of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies played by four major international orchestras, all of which Gustav Mahler himself conducted. These are: the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, an expansive range of vocal repertoire and chamber music will be heard in The Concertgebouw. A prominent place will be given to education, and use will be made of the concert Hall’s livestream possibilities which will ensure that the Mahler Festival can be shared with a broad, international audience. Other cultural institutions in Amsterdam will contribute to the festival through several events and exhibitions.

In the upcoming months, more information on the Mahler Festival will be added to The Concertgebouw’s website.

23-02-2017: Festival page mahlerfoundation.info

Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw.

02-02-2017: Ticket sales

November 2018.

00-11-2016: Article in the program guide ‘Preludium’ of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO)

2016. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****. Photo: Matthew VanBesien (director New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO)), Jaap van Zweden (1960) and Simon Reinink (1966) (director Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw)

Translated from Dutch: Official publication in New York about the opening of the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020 by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) with Symphony No. 1. This is the first performance of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) led by its new chief conductor Jaap van Zweden (1960) in Amsterdam and the first concert of the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020. Jaap van Zweden (1960) is very enhousiast: “Gustav Mahler, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) and the Royal Concertgebouwl, and all that in my hometown!”.

Through livestream the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020 will be shared with a broad (international) audience.

09-09-2016: New York Philharmonic And Jaap van Zweden To Open Mahler Festival 2020 in Amsterdam

by BWW News Desk Sep. 9, 2016  

The New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden, who becomes Music Director in 2018, will open the Mahler Festival in Amsterdam in May 2020, presented by The Royal Concertgebouw. The New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in the opening concert of the festival in the Concertgebouw. The appearance will be part of the Orchestra’s first European tour with Mr. van Zweden in spring 2020, the first in the Netherlands under the new Music Director, and the first performance at the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival.

The Mahler Festival will be held May 6-May 20, 2020. This will be the Concertgebouw’s third grand homage to the world-renowned composer. In 2020 it will be exactly 100 years since the first Mahler Festival was held in Amsterdam to mark the 25th anniversary of the legendary conductor Willem Mengelberg as chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The second Mahler Festival was held in 1995, exactly 25 years before the 2020 festival. The New York Philharmonic enjoys a special connection with both Mahler and Mengelberg, who both served as Music Directors. Mahler conducted several of his own works with the Philharmonic, including the U.S. Premiere of his Symphony No. 1 in 1909.

Royal Concertgebouw and New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO).

The Mahler Festival 2020 will include performances of all of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies played by four major international orchestras, all of which Gustav Mahler himself conducted and which will be heard together in Amsterdam for the first time. These are: the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, an expansive vocal repertoire and chamber music will be heard in The Concertgebouw. A prominent place will be given to education, and use will be made of the concert Hall’s livestream possibilities which will ensure that the Mahler Festival can be shared with a broad, international audience.

“Mahler, the New York Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw-all in my hometown! What an absolute honor and joy it will be for me to share all of this when the New York Philharmonic and I have the privilege of opening the great Mahler Festival in 2020,” said Jaap van Zweden. “It will be 25 years since I played in this Festival as concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and, now in 2020, I am thrilled to be bringing the New York Philharmonic to the Festival for the first time.”

“The Concertgebouw is very much looking forward to welcoming the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden at the Mahler Festival 2020,” said Simon Reinink (1966), General Manager of The Concertgebouw. “Not only because that orchestra was once conducted by Mahler, but also because it emphasizes the longstanding relationship between the orchestra and The Concertgebouw and-of course-between New York and Amsterdam.”

“We can’t think of a more fitting performance for Jaap van Zweden’s first Europe tour with the Philharmonic than to perform in his hometown, honoring Mahler, who was such an influential figure in the history of this great Orchestra,” said Matthew VanBesien, President of the New York Philharmonic. “We are tremendously excited to be coming to Amsterdam with Jaap, and thank our colleagues at The Concertgebouw for this opportunity.”

Amsterdam/New York City Art and Culture Mission: The Concertgebouw is participating in the first-ever Amsterdam Art and Culture Mission to New York City, September 7-11, 2016, under the leadership of Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren. The mission, in which more than 60 art institutions are participating, is aimed at creating bonds between organizations, artists, and the two cities. After all, collaboration between institutions has a direct effect on what there is to see and do in the city and its surroundings. In addition to the artistic and economic value of art and culture, the social significance for the cities is also high on the agenda. Here, too, Amsterdam and New York can learn from each other.

About The Royal Concertgebouw

The Royal Concertgebouw is considered one of the most important concert Halls in the world because of its unparalleled acoustics and wide range of high-level programming. The concert Hall has a great tradition for legendary concerts by musical greats. With more than 900 activities (of which almost 80% are concerts), more than 700,000 concertgoers, educational projects, and private events annually, The Concertgebouw is one of the most visited concert Halls in the world. The Concertgebouw Café also attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. Since its founding, The Concertgebouw has been a privately funded art institution with a rich tradition in the field of (concert) sponsorship and fundraising. Approximately 5% of its income comes from subsidies. A special contribution from the BankGiro Lottery is enabling The Concertgebouw to realize its ambitions in the field of sustainability. For more information: www.concertgebouw.nl/en

12-09-2016: Jaap van Zweden (1960) opens Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.

2016. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****. Article in NRC Handelsblad (Dutch daily evening newspaper), section Premiere, Monday 12-09-2016 (translation from Dutch):

New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO)Jaap van Zweden (1960) opens Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.

Translated from Dutch: In May 2020 the NYPO will open the Mahler Festival in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Conductor Jaap van Zweden, who joins the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) as its new chief-conductor in 2018, will start with Mahlers’ Symphony No. 1. It is the first concert by the NYPO in the Netherlands with the new chief-conductor. The Mahler Festival will take place between May 6, 2020 (06-05-2020) and May 20, 2020 (20-05-2020), 100 years after the first Mahler Festival, which was held in 1920 to celebrate the 25th conducting anniversary of Willem Mengelberg. In 1995 was a second Mahler Festival. The third festival will be very extensive, with all Mahler symphonys played by the orchestra’s who were all conducted by Mahler: NYPO, VPO, BPO and the RCO. It is the first time in history there orchestras can be heard together in Amsterdam. (NRC)

Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO).

12-02-2016: Participation of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO)

Amsterdam. Jaap van Zweden (1960) confirms on Dutch television he and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) will be part of the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.

06-05-2014: Press release Mahler Festival 2020 in Amsterdam, first indication about the upcoming festival (2014)

2014. Gustav Mahler FESTIVAL Amsterdam 2020 *****. First press release (06-05-2014).