Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Hosts Bernard Haitink Memorial Live performance

Bernard Haitink conducts the Vienna Philharmonic on the BBC Proms (Picture credit score: Chris Christodoulou)


Bernard Haitink was one of the vital revered conductors of his technology, and served because the Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) for 27 years. He handed away on October 21, 2022, at age 92.

“After sharing a wealthy historical past spanning sixty-five years, we are able to rightly converse of the top of an period,” the RCO wrote on their web site. “[RCO] owes a lot to Bernard Haitink and has determined to current an additional live performance on Sunday night 6 February, 2022, which might be devoted to [his] reminiscence.

The now sold-out live performance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw might be carried out by RCO’s honorary visitor conductor, Iván Fischer. This system includes Mahler’s First Symphony and a brand new work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, titled “A Cortege for Bernard Haitink.”

Haitink and Fischer enormously revered and admired one another and sometimes attended each other’s live shows. “Bernard Haitink was a real conductor, within the sense {that a} conductor is an authority within the moral, humane and inventive area, extremely revered by these round him,” stated Fischer within the Netherlands information

“The music world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam ought to be grateful to Bernard Haitink for guiding our cultural well-being with an unmistakable sense of judgement, style and accountability.”

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands can even current on the live performance and can converse with musicians and family members of Haitink at its conclusion. 

To hearken to the live performance, a broadcast might be accessible on NPO Radio 4 on February 13 at 2 PM CET, and on NPO 2 on the identical day at 7:20 PM CET.


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