The Essence

of Beauty

Friday 3 November
Amare Concert Hall, The Hague
From €20
Conductor: Ruth Reinhardt
Piano: Denis Kozhukhin
Unfortunately, this concert has already taken place. But not to worry! We will be playing many more concerts soon.

In this unique edition of RO NOW, we will embark on a quest to explore the essence of beauty together. We'll cover everything from aesthetics, art and kitsch to personal taste and inspiration.

Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov, too, drew inspiration from what they saw as beautiful in their endless pursuit of the extraordinary. They found it in the rich culture, music and stunning scenery of Italy. It inspired them to bring new beauty into the world in the form of the magnificent music we will enjoy this evening.

This evening is a unique opportunity. Not only because of all the beauty we will hear, but also because we challenge you to philosophize together about the concept of beauty during the Beauty Talk together with three experts: Suzanne Swarts (director Museum Voorlinden), Robert Schoemacher (cosmetic doctor) and Monique Roelofs (professor of philosophy of art and culture). So an evening that will hopefully bring us new knowledge, insights and inspiration!

Rachmaninov& Mendelssohn

Since winning the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2010, master pianist Denis Kozhukhin has taken the world by storm. He enraptures audiences no matter where or what he plays. As recently as 2022, he dazzled Amare with his performance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. This evening will see him return to The Hague with another piece by Rachmaninov, his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – undoubtedly one of his best works. You will experience Italian passion and drama like never before, especially during Mendelssohn's sunny Italian Symphony. Leading us on our musical journey through Italy is German conductor Ruth Reinhardt, a high-profile new face on international stages. She has already conducted major orchestras worldwide, but this will be her first time with the Residentie Orkest.

Meet the three experts from the Beauty Talk
"Listening to Kozhukhin, you're left with one thing: the music - incontestable, complete"

- Gramophone Magazine


This short but powerful concert will give your weekend a unique twist by introducing you to classical masterpieces. At each edition of RO NOW, the conductor will briefly tell you more about the music, illustrated with examples by the orchestra. You're welcome to join us for a nice cold drink in the foyer afterwards. First round's on us!

Denis Kozhukhin
Ruth Reinhardt