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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performs Strum

Friday, June 14 20248pm CEST
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
+31 (0)20 305 10 15
The Concertgebouw
Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN
Amsterdam, Amsterdam Netherlands
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Rhythm, dance, and folk music connect Bartók’s well-loved Concerto for Orchestra with exciting works by American composers. The Concertgebouw Orchestra will be under the direction of Marin Alsop.

With its driving, layered rhythms, Fearful Symmetries is vintage John Adams.

Concert programme

  • Jessie Montgomery

    Strum (Dutch premiere)

  • John Adams

    Fearfull Symmetries

    — interval —

  • Béla Bartók

    Concert voor orkest

About this concert

Marin Alsop is back, eighteen years after she first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra. She will conduct Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, which may be that Hungarian composer’s most famous work. The piece was written in the United States, where Bartók had sought refuge from WWII. It marked the final, inspired resurgence of his compositional activities before his death in 1945. Dance, rhythm, and folk music play a crucial role. That explains why the Concerto for Orchestra is a good fit with the music of John Adams and Jessie Montgomery, two American composers whose feet are firmly planted in the here and now.

In Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, guitar-like chords in the strings take on many different forms. The work is a salute to various styles of American folk music and the power of dance and movement. And although the Concertgebouw Orchestra is no stranger to the works of John Adams, a performance of his Fearful Symmetries is long overdue! With its driving, layered rhythms showing off the influence of Wagner, Philip Glass, pop music and boogie-woogie, this piece is vintage John Adams.