Concertgebouw plans discreet Haitink tributeNews
The conductor was hostile towards the orchestra on and off for much of the time after they ousted him in 1988.
The orchestra has now constructed a discreet tribute to his 25 years as their leader:
The Royal Concertgebouworkest is commemorating its beloved honorary conductor Bernard Haitink, who passed away on 21 October, with the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The concert on Thursday, 28 October, under the baton of Maxim Emelyanychev will open with this tribute of the orchestra musicians, preceded by a brief speech and a minute’s silence. The complete programme will be streamed live through concertgebouworkest.nl and on YouTube.
The Concertgebouworkest will also organise a memorial concert on Sunday evening, 6 February 2022, conducted by the orchestra’s honorary conductor, Iván Fischer. Haitink and Fischer greatly respected and admired each other, attending each other’s concerts whenever possible.