Nick & Simon opened VriendenLoterij’s summer parties at Concertgebouw

Nick & Simon opened VriendenLoterij's summer parties at Concertgebouw
AMSTERDAM – In honor of Simon & Garfunkel, Nick & Simon VriendenLoterij ZomerConcerten will open alongside the Metropole Orchestra on 1 July. Thus, the Royal Concertgebouw marks the start of the musical summer as usual. With over 2,500 musicians from all over the world, from soloists to symphony orchestras, from jazz trios to singers and songwriters, and from very diverse musical backgrounds. Well-known names such as Katja, Marielle Labeck, Isabelle Faust, Elsie Delange, Lisa Verstmann, Iris Hund, Isabelle Van Collen, Fuse, Trienteje Osterhuis and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Even more than ever, young talents perform at Het Concertgebouw in July and August. New is the Basement Sessions, where up-and-coming pop, soul and jazz musicians give intimate Friday evening concerts at the Koorzaal in the basement of the Concertgebouw. Ticket sales start today at 10.00 am via Zomerconcerten.nl.

Nick and Simon follow in the footsteps of Simon & Garfunkel

With the inaugural concert on July 1, Nick & Simon is once again following in the footsteps of their Simon & Garfunkel shows. This legendary American duo performed singing on May 2, 1970 at the Concertgebouw during one of the infamous nightlife parties.

Nick Schilder: “It’s great playing Simon & Garfunkel’s music in The Concertgebouw with the amazing Metropole Orkest. So now we’re trying to follow in their footsteps again, because they’ve also played in the Concertgebouw themselves!”

In order to make the concert accessible to as many enthusiasts as possible, it is also presented as a live broadcast.

2500 musicians, 75 concerts, 27 orchestras and countless orchestras in Amsterdam for the music festival

After two editions with limitations, VriendenLoterij ZomerConcerten will return in the summer of 2022 for a big release. Concertgebouw welcomes more than 2,500 musicians to 75 concerts in total. Symphony orchestras come to Amsterdam from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, the United Kingdom, the United States, and even South America. This also includes eight youth orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, the USA National Youth Orchestra and Philharmonic Joven de Colombia. In addition to beloved acts like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, there are seven cinematic concerts on the program this year as well.

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Some highlights

The Jazz Orchestra of Concertgebouw and singer Sabrina Starke will pay homage to Nina Simone. There is also a selection of young talents. Think soprano Laetitia Girardes, singer Nay Barghouti, shinki! Junior Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, violinists Randall Gosby and Noua Wildshot, cellists Victor Julien Laverre and Abel Slukoy, and pianist Alexandre Cantoro. There’s also plenty of movie music to listen to, like Star Wars Return of the Jedi (with the movie on the big screen), a tribute to John Williams and the soundtrack to superhero movies.

About FriendsLottery SummerClass Parties

The Royal Concertgebouw has been celebrating summer with music for over thirty years. The summer concert series in July and August has become one of the most visited festivals in our country. VriendenLoterij (formerly BankGiro Loterij) has been a partner of summer concerts since 2019. The partnership aligns well with the philosophy of both VriendenLoterij and Het Concertgebouw to allow a wider audience to discover the beauty of live music through accessible concerts in an informal setting. FriendsLottery participants get 50% off all summer parties, which they can also purchase with priority.

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