Rotterdam Music and Festivals
From: Rotterdam Travel Guide
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, a.k.a. the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, has a long history (it was founded in 1918) and presents more than 70 subscription concerts per year. Its home is De Doelen, a concert and convention hall near the main railroad station.
If you're a fan of organ music, the most exciting venue in town is the historic Laurenskerk with three organs and frequent concerts by visiting organists. (During our stay, we attended a free lunchtime concert that was scheduled to coincide with the Tuesday public market near the church.)
Rotterdam also has a lively popular-music scene, with venues such as the Baja Beach Club, Club Vie, Maassilo, and Rotown catering to clubbers and concertgoers. Larger concerts take place at Ahoy or--less commonly--at De Kuip, the Feijenoord football team's stadium south of the river.
Rotterdam has a number of music festivals, as well as other festivals where music plays a role. Among the biggies are OperaDagen Rotterdam in May, North Sea Jazz and the tropical-themed ZomerCarnaval or Summer Carnival in July, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic's Gergiev Festival in September.
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Top photo: Corstiaan van Elzelingen.