Photos: Amsterdam

Photos: Amsterdam

It is impossible to visit Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw without thinking of the musical greats who have performed in this space—Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Louis Armstrong. On Wednesday, it was Osmo Vӓnskӓ and the Minnesota Orchestra who had their turn on the famous stage, performing Beethoven’s Fifth in what Osmo called “one of the best, best halls in the world.”

MPR’s Michael Osborne was on the job to engineer the live broadcast that brought the concert to audiences in Minnesota.

Doug Carlsen (left) and Bob Dorer (right) rehearse.

Rehearsing before tonight's performance: Kate Nettleman (left) and Kristen Bruya (right).

Cellist Sachiya Isomura.

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1.

Osmo performed a Swedish folk song with Pekka Kuusisto as an encore in the first half of the program.

Osmo Vӓnskӓ and Pekka Kuusisto exit the stage together.

Brian Newhouse announced the concert for MPR from a tiny recording booth located on the highest level of the hall, accessible by a narrow, winding staircase. In addition to Minnesota, the concert was also broadcast live to audiences in The Netherlands and Italy. More European nations will carry the rebroadcast later this summer.

Performing Beethoven's Fifth at the Concertgebouw.

Applause for Osmo Vӓnskӓ and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Flowers for Concertmaster Erin Keefe.

Conductors and soloists enter the Concertgebouw stage from a steep upstage staircase. “The biggest challenge for the conductor is to take care on these stairs,” said Osmo. “You have to be careful you do not roll down.”

Grateful acknowledgement of the enthusiastic, sold-out crowd.

Built in 1886, the Concertgebouw attracts over 700,000 visitors a year and is known for its exceptional acoustics. Many of our musicians cite it as their favorite hall.

Violinist Deborah Serafini toured the Amsterdam canals on the Orchestra’s free day.

Minnesota Orchestra Staff