The new cultural season was ushered in on Friday evening in the Westerpark with a concert by the world-famous Concertgebouw Orchestra. Last year it took place on Dam Square with a limited number of places, but this year everyone who was interested could come and enjoy the music for free.
Despite the rainy weather, people did not stay at home. “By weather and wind. But I have a poncho, so I hope it will be all right,” says a visitor.
Under the direction of Alain Altinoglu, clarinettist Martin Fröst and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson played music by Adams, Grieg and Bernstein, among others. “A present from us to the city, to the people of Amsterdam”, says first violinist Marc Daniel van Biemen.
It is the intention that the Concertgebouw Orchestra organizes an annual concert in the city. Last year on Dam Square, this year in the Westerpark and in the coming years they will always be in unique locations opening night to organize. By keeping it free, they hope to keep it accessible. Visitors could bring their own cloth and some food and drink, and there was room for everyone in the park.
“I’m really enjoying it,” says one of the interested parties as Grieg’s sounds sound through the park. And so the evening ends dry and satisfactorily.