We made a last-minute decision to visit Amsterdam and were pleased to secure tickets online for a Saturday night concert by the Netherlands Philharmonic (Rite of Spring, Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto). It was wonderful! We had heard about the hall's acoustics and were not disappointed: the percussion in Rite of Spring almost shot me out of my seat! A few suggestions: (a) We sat in the 8th row, which is too close (although we had a good view of sensational pianist Behzod Abduraimov's hands, which were a blur). The orchestra sits on a raised stage, and there is no elevation for main floor seating. I believe the sound and the view would have been better further back. (There is elevated seating behind the orchestra.) (b) We were in the mood for wine and desert after the concert, but there's not much in the immediate neighborhood. We wished we had stayed in the hall's cafe, which looked great. (c) We were uncertain how dressy folks would be. Don't worry about it: Just about anything goes. (d) Complimentary wine/beer/tea/soft drinks were served both before the concert and at intermission, so make your way quickly to the nearest bar to beat the crowd. The hosted bar seems to be a staple in the Netherlands, as we experienced the same thing at a Netherlands Dance Theater performance in The Hague. Three cheers for that!
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