For years, musicians from the Concertgebouw Orchestra have played their own programs in the Kleine Zaal. The intimate Close-up chamber music concerts are organized by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. These concerts are one-off, and cannot be heard anywhere else!
It's hard to believe, but Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Octet for strings at the age of sixteen. It is one of the first works in that line-up – eight strings – and has always remained one of the top works of the genre. Two string quartets from the Concertgebouw Orchestra join forces for this performance. They put the Octet in perspective with string quartets by two contemporary masters, Peteris Vasks and John Adams. Vasks' Third String Quartet is a work of great beauty and intense emotional outbursts. John's Book of Alleged Dances consists of ten short dances 'for which the dance steps have yet to be invented', according to composer John Adams.