Just in: Amsterdam Concertgebouw is evacuated as ceiling crumbles

The historic building was evacuated and a late-night techno event abandoned after parts of the ceiling crumbled onto dancers. A performance by Dixon and Job Jobse was cut short by two hours.

The hall management has posted this account:

Last night during a dance event in the Concertgebouw we found that grit had come loose from a plaster moulding above the stage in the Great Hall. We decided to end the event prematurely due to the safety of the visitors. The house is now clear. An inspection found that a small part of the stucco is damaged; this section has now been removed. No one is in danger.

‘It is being examined whether the damage is related to the event. The Concertgebouw hosts dance events a couple of times a year because we wish it to be accessible to as many people as possible. All upcoming concerts and rehearsals will continue.’

It is not clear whether the concert stage or auditorium has been affected.

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  • The Concertgebouw? Sigh. If only such decrepitude were to close down certain concert venues here in America (and I’m looking at you ________________ * ).

    * insert name of your least favorite local concert hall (and I have one in mind that could, um, toddle down any ol’ time)

    • Name starts with “C”? NY? I think it was an excuse to stop a terrible music. Dutch smart guys

      • Carnegie? At least in Carnegie you can hear across the stage. And if the Berliners like it, it’s probably good enough (for all the rest of the acts they put on).

  • Surely due to the excessive bass sound levels that are typical for that kind of modulated noise, aka ‘techno music’?
    Those air pressure sledgehammer attacks can easily crumble stucco.

    • A sensitive concert hall can also react to faulty modulations, as happened in 1928 in the Leipzig Gewandhaus when a Bruckner symphony went from B flat minor straight to E major without intermediate keys and a chandelier fell on the Freiherr von Hinterhohenstaufen family.

  • Late. Night. Techo. In the Concertgebouw.

    Willem Mengelberg just rolled over a few times in his unquiet grave.

  • Does anyone else remember Golders Green Hippodrome ceiling fell down? Fortunately when the BBC Concert Orchestra was taking a break. All repaired according to English Heritage rules (or something) at a cost of £x-million. Then it all fell down again because the plaster could not withstand the decibels, and the BBC moved the CO to Watford. This is all uncorroborated stuff, but others will know the detail. Lot’s of money spent. When will we learn?

  • Must be full of Asbestos like Berlin Staatsoper! They could use a bouncy castle or a prefab.

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