Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Fund


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Chief Conductor Daniele Gatti (2016)

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO), founded in 1888, is named by critics as the “world’s greatest orchestra” in many issues of Gramophone. Time and time again, critics have lauded its unique sound, which clearly stands out among thousands of others. Programming is based on two essential elements: tradition and renewal. The orchestra has long been praised for its performances of the music of Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner. It also upholds a number of special long-established concert traditions, such as the Passion and Christmas Matinee performances. In addition to some eighty concerts performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives forty concerts at leading concert halls throughout the world each year.

The American part of the RCO Global Friends program of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (AF-RCO) was formed about 15 years ago to help create an annual U.S. presence for the renowned Dutch orchestra. During the Orchestra’s non-US tour years, the AF-RCO brings over RCO ensembles, to showcase members of the Orchestra as master musicians and teachers in both usual tour cities as well as cities and college towns that would not normally have the chance to share in the “RCO tradition.”

In the past the American Friends (AF-RCO) have supported the production of special concert programs, like The Fliegende Hollander and Verdi’s Requiem; Also Master classes and workshops were given by visiting RCO musicians to musicians from several Conservatories and support was given to the purchase of new instruments for a few members of the orchestra.

In the coming three concert seasons (2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19), the RCO will visit the USA for three concert tours, with seasonal concerts in Carnegie Hall New York, Kennedy Center Washington and other locations (to be confirmed). In 2016, the RCO will perform in Kennedy Center Washington on November 29th and in Carnegie Hall New York on November 30th. The full orchestra will be juxtaposing works under the direction of the popular guest conductor Semyon Bychkov. The programme features two very special compositions. In his Theatrum bestiarum, house composer Detlev Glanert conveys a dramatic narrative in orchestral sound. And with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.5, the orchestra takes listeners on an emotional journey full of ups and downs.

These tours can only be completed with the generous support of people like you. There are many ways in which you can engage with the RCO tours and we look forward to discussing with you how you might wish to become involved. All sizes of gifts can be discussed, and for those who are interested, we can offer a variety of acknowledgements and benefits.

If you too would like to help make the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s appearances in 2016, 2018 and 2019 a reality, please contact Henriette Henny by emailing or by calling +31 (0)20 305 1010. You may also donate directly by credit card via the link underneath.

1. Pay by Credit Card

2. Pay by Check

If you would like to send a check for the American Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Fund, please complete this form and make check payable to “The Netherland-America Foundation”. Please mail your check to:

The Netherland-America Foundation
505 8th Avenue, Ste 12A-05
New York, NY 10018


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