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YOU’RE INVITED: A PRIVATE CONCERT AT AMSTERDAM’S ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW

There are so many reasons to count the days until Crystal Bach embarks on her maiden voyage along the Rhine River (121 days, in case you’re curious). The luxuriously sleek design of the all-suite, all-balcony, butler-serviced river yacht marks the first of our new build “Rhine Class” river yachts. She’ll set sail with world-class culinary experiences – on board, which rival some of the world’s acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants, and ashore, which include exclusive feasts at these very venues. She’ll call in charming medieval hamlets and modern, bustling cities, all of which exude the stuff of fairytales – epic romances, epic battles, epic landscapes.

The illuminated facade of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (photo courtesy of the Royal Concertgebouw)
The illuminated facade of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (photo courtesy of the Royal Concertgebouw)

When Crystal Bach sails from Amsterdam June 18, she’ll kick off her maiden voyage with a Crystal Signature event worthy of her namesake and the other musical masters that shaped this storied region. During an exclusive, complimentary Crystal Signature Event offered on all Crystal Bach voyages, guests will be transported to the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, for a private tour and concert.

The hall’s theaters are as opulent and extraordinary as you’d expect from a grand concert hall commissioned in 1881 and conceived by one of the era’s great architects. Gilded walls and carved edges complement red velvet seating and the towering adorned towering ceilings that span the space. But what really sets this grand hall apart from the world’s other classical music houses are its famed acoustics.

The grand piano inside the Kleine Zaal concert room of the Royal Concertgebouw (photo courtesy of the Royal Concertgebouw)
The grand piano inside the Kleine Zaal concert room of the Royal Concertgebouw (photo courtesy of the Royal Concertgebouw)

FUN FACT: Architect Dolf Van Gendt, master designer of this acclaimed musical space, was considered to be completely void of any musical understanding or talent.

The Royal Concertgebouw’s acoustics have been a point of wonder for centuries, particularly in light of the fact that at the time the hall was built, the concept of acoustics in general was a vague notion based on little science and many undefinable factors.

How then, did this formidably beautiful presence in the heart of Amsterdam become one of the most sought-after venues for musicians of all crafts?

FUN FACT: The Royal Concertgebouw’s main hall has hosted greats from across genres, from classical to jazz, from orchestras to rock. Strauss, Louis Armstrong, and Sting have all played the renowned venue, highlighting the fact that perfect acoustics are universally important to music.

The Web Borodin Quartet (photo courtesy of the Royal Concertgebouw)
The Web Borodin Quartet (photo courtesy of the Royal Concertgebouw)

Van Gendt referenced successful designs from around Europe and based his designs on those, and from there, we can assume he got lucky. Subsequent renovations to the theater have been careful not to disrupt the secret to the hall’s unparalleled acoustics, which allow concertgoers to experience the music in precisely same way, with the same tone and pitch, regardless of which seat they occupy. The front row’s VIP positioning only applies to the visual benefit in this theater, as the last row of the mezzanine holds identical melodies for patrons.

Crystal Bach guests will enjoy VIP access to this musical marvel, as well as a private concert in one of the more intimate halls during this Crystal Signature Event, adding one more exceptional experience you have to look forward to.

Crystal Bach sailings between Amsterdam and Frankfurt are available for booking now.

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