The NNO was established in 1862, which makes it Netherlands' oldest professional symphony orchestra. It brings symphonic music to life in the three Northern provinces by performing approximately 120 concerts every season: in concert halls, in the open air, during festivals and at schools. The orchestra also regularly travels to stages elsewhere in the country, such as to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam.
The NNO is the most versatile orchestra in the Netherlands. Its programming is surprising and diverse; from pure and unadulterated classical to crossovers with other music genres. The orchestra takes pleasure from acquainting 'new ears' with symphonic music, for example through the Pieter Roelf Youth Concerts and the free open air lunch concerts. The NNO is also a regular on the radio. There is close collaboration with various other art institutions, the Prins Claus Conservatory
and the conservatories in Amsterdam and The Hague.
The principal guest conductor of the orchestra is Antony Hermus. Top conductors such as Viktor Liberman, Jean Fournet, Franz Paul Decker, Alain Lombard, Sergiu Comissiona, Richard Dufallo, Alexander Verdernikov, Susanna Mälkki and Nikolai Alexeev are previous conductors of the NNO. Currently we are working with conductors such as Jan Willem de Vriend, Michael Jurowski and Stefan Vladar.
At festivals, the orchestra also regularly pays homage to prominent, current international composers. This is how Wolfgang Rihm (2001), Terry Riley (2002), Hans Werner Henze (2003), Arvo Pärt (2004), Sir Harrison Birtwistle (2005), Heiner Goebbels & Sofia Gubaidulina (2006), Philip Glass (2007 and 2013), Laurie Anderson (2008), Michael Nyman (2009) and Steve Vai (2010 and 2013) came to visit Groningen for the performance of their music.
The orchestra consists of 75 permanent orchestra members and is supplemented with substitutes for large productions.
1. There is no other symphony orchestra with such a diverse and varied programme.
2. The NNO gives you music from centuries ago that is still exciting today, contemporary classical music and crossovers with pop music, film and dance.
3. When you listen to live music, you experience it more intensely.
4. Each and every NNO musician is a skilled specialist, who lives for music and their music is proof of that!
5. The NNO is one of the best orchestras in the Netherlands; it really is the symphony orchestra of the northern part of the Netherlands, but it is also a regular guest in other parts of the country, such as at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
6. The concert programmes have been created in a conscious manner. Sometimes the pieces during the concert evening complement each other through genre or composer, at other times, however, they clash spectacularly.
7. The NNO is for young and old. Over the last 15 years, 200,000 children have attended youth concerts in one of the nine northern theatres.
8. The soloists and conductors you see and hear at an NNO concert have been carefully selected. They are specialists with character and (inter)national renown. But, for special concerts we enlist up and coming young talent instead.
9. An evening with the NNO is a pleasant night out, it allows you to recharge your battery.
10. The free open air concerts give you the opportunity to listen to the orchestra of the North from your own chair or blanket, with your own picnic basket within easy reach. An extra reason for taking your time to enjoy it!
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