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Mahler Festival: Concertgebouworkest and Klaus Mäkelä - Mahler's Symphony No. 8

Incoming chief conductor Klaus Mäkelä is now leading the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mahler's Eighth Symphony. They are assisted in this monumental work by no fewer than four choirs. Especially for the Mahler Festival in the Concertgebouw on 16 and 18 May 2025. Note: Tickets will go on sale on 1 June 2024.

Amsterdam 750

Mahler Festival: Concertgebouworkest and Klaus Mäkelä - Mahler's Symphony No. 8

Dates
Fri 16 May20:15 - 22:35
Sun 18 May13:30 - 15:50
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Location
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN Amsterdam
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Concertgebouw Orchestra and four choirs

Klaus Mäkelä has been artistic partner of the Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2022 and will become chief conductor in 2027. Earlier in this festival, he already conducted the First Symphony, today the Eighth. The Concertgebouw Orchestra shares the stage with no fewer than four vocal ensembles: the National Radio Choir, Laurens Symphonic, the Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris and the National Children's Choir.

Mahler's Symphony No. 8

Mahler wrote to his friend Willem Mengelberg that his Eighth Symphony was his greatest work ever. 'All the other symphonies were anticipating this.' Moreover, he experienced it as if the piece of music was dictated to him in a vision. In two monumental movements, Mahler says he sings of the entire universe. 'There are no longer human voices sounding. They are planets and suns, revolving in their orbits.' Practically speaking, it is also a rather voluminous work. Mahler often needed many performers, and there are close to four hundred in Mahler's 'symphony of a thousand'. Or more: in 1912, Mengelberg conducted a version with two thousand musicians and singers.

Mahler Festival

From 9 to 18 May 2025, Het Concertgebouw is organizing a major Mahler Festival for the third time. After the Mahler Festivities in 1920 and 1995, all of Mahler's symphonies will be heard again in the Main Hall. Among others, they will be performed by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, which was once conducted by Mahler himself. A selection of top soloists and choirs, led by conductors such as Iván Fischer and Jaap van Zweden, devote themselves to these monumental works. More information about the Mahler Festival can be found here.

Amsterdam 750

On 27 October 2025, Amsterdam will celebrate its 750th anniversary, marking a year-long celebration. Starting on 27 October 2024, a jubilee year full of activities for all Amsterdammers begins.

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Friday 16 May20:15 - 22:35
Sunday 18 May13:30 - 15:50

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Amsterdam 750

On 27 October 2025, Amsterdam will be celebrating its 750th birthday. During the 12-month lead-up to this momentous milestone, the city is going all out. The festival year kicks off on 27 October 2024, filled with various activities from small neighbourhood get-togethers to major cultural events

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Amsterdam 750

Mahler Festival: Concertgebouworkest and Klaus Mäkelä - Mahler's Symphony No. 8

Dates
Fri 16 May20:15 - 22:35
Sun 18 May13:30 - 15:50
More dates
Location
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN Amsterdam
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