BOX OFFICE 202.785.9727

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Eiréné: Poème Nocturne pour Orchestre (East Coast premiere)


Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”


Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


Performance Information

“An orchestra of this caliber doesn’t come along every day.” – Washington Post

Lauded as the “Number One Orchestra in the World” by Gramophone, the acclaimed Royal Concertgebouw returns to D.C. with a program evoking emperors and heroes. The “brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary” (Wall Street Journal) Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s show-stopping “Emperor” Concerto. Then the orchestra’s “rich sound, especially its mellow, full-bodied string section” (New York Times) will be on display in Strauss’s famed heroic tone poem Ein Heldenleben, which was originally dedicated to the RCO.

Leading the RCO for this performance is the acclaimed British conductor Daniel Harding. The current music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Harding is also the principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous guest appearances with many of the world’s other premier orchestras, including the Vienna, Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and appeared under Washington Performing Arts’ auspices in 2010 with Staatskapelle Dresden.


Conductor Change: As reported in the August 2, 2018 Washington Post, Daniele Gatti has been removed as music director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

The following is a statement on this matter from our President and CEO, Jenny Bilfield:

In the wake of accusations about Maestro Gatti that appeared in a July 26 article in the Washington Post, I reached out to the orchestra to indicate that we would support a change of conductor for the tour. I am pleased that the orchestra responded swiftly and decisively following their internal deliberations, and I am pleased to join my colleagues in welcoming Daniel Harding to D.C. for our February 13 concert.

This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts; and Dr. Mark Cinnamon and Ms. Doreen Kelly. Washington Performing Arts orchestral performances in the 2018/19 season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg. One of 30+ World in Our City performances this season, this performance is made possible in part through the support of Jan and Marike Paulsson.

His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is the honorary patron of this engagement.