Brahms's Symphony No. 1 

March 29 | 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday 29 March
Amare Concert Hall, The Hague
From €20
Conductor: Jun Märkl
Harp: Mathilde Wauters
This concert is part of the RO NOW series.

The best classical music, short and sweet!
RO NOW adds lustre to your weekend! Treat yourself to musical masterpieces that are guaranteed to delight your ears. The conductor will first briefly introduce the music, illustrated with examples by the orchestra, to enhance your experience. This edition of RO NOW features Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 1, a work that took over twenty years to complete. With this beautiful homage to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Brahms managed to emerge from his predecessor's shadow once and for all.

How do you succeed the greatest master of your time? Brahms approached this daunting task with caution and modesty. It's fair to say that he forged, polished and sculpted his Symphony No. 1 until he knew without a doubt that it was what he wanted it to be. It clearly reflects his unique style – innovative and captivating, with a wide range of orchestral colours and textures. Brahms employed a variety of chords, modulations and counterpoints to give the symphony a rich and subtle sound, sometimes surprising and unexpected. Our regular guest conductor Jun Märkl does justice to all the nuances, conflicts and resolutions in the composition. Tonight, you will also be treated to Mathilde Wauters on the harp, performing the contrasting styles in Debussy's Danse sacrée et danse profane.

RO NOW Extra
RO NOW Extra is a special edition of RO NOW in which we invite the audience to delve deeper into specific themes with us. Taking the featured works and composers as our point of departure, we ask experts to shed light on the often timeless and universal themes addressed in the music.

We don't claim to have all the answers. But we do believe that our music offers a perfect opportunity to pause and reflect amid the hustle and bustle of life.