During four days, from November 13th to 16th, the RCO will be touring through three language regions of Switzerland. While there are concerts in the concert halls of Lugano, Bern, Zurich and Geneva in the evenings, the musicians of the RCO have an extraordinary stage on Tuesday afternoon: the Zurich train station hall under the guardian angel of Niki de Saint Phalle.
With their free concert, the chamber orchestra formation will contrast the everyday hustle and bustle in the station hall with their own touch. The popular suite “From Holberg’s Time” by the Norwegian romantic Edward Grieg (1843-1907) can be heard for around half an hour. At the end of the 19th century, the composer Grieg paid tribute to his compatriot, the Norwegian baroque playwright Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754), with an old-style suite. In the case of Grieg, however, the late Baroque orchestral suite sounds in a late Romantic string sound.
The RCO concert in the Zurich train station is also special because among the musicians of the Dutch orchestra there are twelve young musicians who are studying at Swiss universities, such as the Zurich University of the Arts, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland or the Musikkollegium and the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana .
Master classes on the train
Before the concert in Zurich’s main station, on the train from Bern to Zurich, the orchestra holds master classes for the young talents from Switzerland. This cooperation “underscores our ambitions in supporting top young musicians,” says Dominik Winterling, Managing Director, in a statement from the RCO. He is not only concerned with the promotion, but also with the search for young top musicians for his orchestra.
The RCO, like the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, takes its name from the local concert hall. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was opened in 1888 and the orchestra of the same name was founded in the same year. Today it is part of the Dutch cultural heritage and is under the patronage of Queen Máxima. 120 musicians from 25 countries belong to the orchestra, which is considered one of the most renowned in the world.
The concert at the Teatro LAC in Lugano marks the start of the four-day tour through Switzerland with Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony. On the following days in the Casino in Bern, in the Tonhalle in Zurich and in the Victoria Hall in Geneva, Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (“Pastorale”) are on the program. The RCO is conducted by the British Daniel Harding. The RCO finds its audience in the concert hall and in the main train station in Zurich – there it is rather the broad and younger audience, which is yet to find its way into the concert hall.