It’s August, as you most likely (hopefully) already know. In my dictionary, August is a synonym for the ‘Prinsengrachtconcert’. It’s one of the evenings I look forward to most, every year. The 37th edition of this enchanting open concert on the water will take place on Saturday, the 18th of August.
Back in 1981, the founders of the ‘Prinsengrachtconcert’ (Hans Duijf and Theo Inniger) were daydreaming about a classical music concert, on a special location and most important of all: accessible for everybody. This is how the ‘Prinsengrachtconcert’ was born. A year later, the first edition took place and the ‘Prinsengrachtconcert’ became a very popular annual event. Nowadays, the concert is visited by around 10,000 visitors each year and broadcasted on national television.
As the name already mentions, the concert is on the ‘Prinsengracht’, just around the corner of my home. It’s one of the most beautiful canals of Amsterdam, after my beloved ‘Bloemgracht’ of course. The concert is being held on a platform on the canal. The atmosphere is almost indescribable, it’s that magical. Loads of people gather on the quay and around the stage, the canal is filled with little boats. Now imagine a nice summer evening and some soothing classical music. And there you probably have it: the reason why the ‘Prinsengrachtconcert’ is so popular.
This year, the headliner are two very talented brothers called Lucas and Arthur Jussen. They play the piano like no-one else. Other very talented artist who will be starring during this evening are violin-talent Daniel Lozakovich and soprano Laetitia Gerards. Also, not to forget, during the afternoon, there is a special edition of the ‘Prinsengrachtconcert’ for children, starring great young talents.
To be totally honest with you, I’m secretly counting down the hours till it starts. And even if you’re not that much into classical music normally, the setting will probably steal your heart. Just as it stole mine. Will I see you there?
1016 GZ Amsterdam
€ – Free