Problems are still with the accessibility, because the building is still in the middle of a pasture, with a ditch next to it, so roads should be constructed so that the building can finally be inaugurated on April 11, 1888. The festive concert took place with an orchestra of 120 musicians, a choir of 500 singers, and there were work performed by Wagner, Handel, Bach and Beethoven. The Concertgebouw Orchestra was later established on November 3, 1888 and gave her first performance.
Noteworthy was the addition of a new wing on the south side of the building, leaving the original exterior was changed. This extension was necessary due to the increasing activities of the office and a fitting reception of guests. Was the architect Pi de Bruijn.
After this major renovation, the building was still subjected several times to facelifts, such as in 1992 when the facade was once thoroughly cleaned of the gray scale. Around 1995 there were sufficient funds uncle again including the inside address, so all the halls again can be seen in its full glory.
The Great Hall has 2037 seats, is 44 meters high and has two staircases leading to two high-altitude doors. The acoustics is particularly suitable for late romantic works such as Mahler and is less suitable for amplified music, as is common in pop music. The hall is used for a wide variety of models, ranging from piano recitals to symphonic concerts, pop concerts, jazz and world music.
A smaller oval-shaped hall, the Small Hall, is located behind the main hall has 478 seats, both in the room and on the balcony. This room is ideal for chamber music and lieder recitals and is also used for master classes with audiences.
Then there is the Mirror Room, located behind the wardrobe; it is regularly used for programs, such as the Sunday morning concert, and also for receptions and other official occasions. The choir room is located downstairs and is mainly used for intimate jazz concerts.
- The Sunday Morning Concert, with the support Spiegelzaal
- Jazz at the Concertgebouw
- Saturday Matinee
- Master Pianists
- Robeco Summer
- Free Lunch Concerts
- Romantic Solo Concert
- Carte Blanche
Only part of the concerts will be organized in-house. Several concert organizations use the halls like Amsterdam Chamber Foundation, International Holland Music Sessions and Foundation Rudder. The rooms will be rented out to organizations for one-off concerts by amateur groups or artists that do not exist in their own programming, such as the pianist Wibi Soerjadi which gives in-house its traditional Christmas concert every year.
Since 2006, Mr. Simon Reinink director of the Concertgebouw. Originally a lawyer, he was director of publishing company PCM. He also studied musicology and was active in several foundations in the cultural field.