Music in Amsterdam
Music and accommodation in Amsterdam
The Concertgebouw (Concert Building) at Museumplein is known for its wonderful acoustics, and offers a program featuring world famous symphony orchestras, contemporary music, vocal concerts and world music. Every Wednesday afternoon a free lunchtime concert is organized, open to everyone at 12:30. Usually this is a final rehearsal open to the public. ‘Regular’ concerts are organized every day of the week. You can take a look at the complete program on the web site of the Concertgebouw (available in English).
Public transportation to the Concertgebouw: trams 2, 3, 5, 12, 16 and 24; bus 170, stop ‘Museumplein’.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ/Bimhuis: Modern/Jazz
A totally new and architecturally exciting building was constructed recently on the southern bank of the IJ (Piet Heinkade), looking out over the water and offering a wide variety of concerts. The building consists of two sections: The Muziekgebouw and the Bimhuis. The Muziekgebouw’s program includes concerts and festivals in a broad variety of contemporary music styles; the Bimhuis specializes in jazz. You can view the programs on the web sites of the Muziekgebouw and of Bimhuis (both available in English). Just contemplating this impressive building while enjoying a drink on the terrace of Star Ferry (Muziekgebouw’s bar) with its magnificent view over the IJ, will more than justify your visit.
Public transportation to Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ / Bimhuis: trams 25 and 26 (stop ‘Muziekgebouw/Bimhuis’)
Piet Heinkade 3
In the Stopera building on Waterlooplein, you will find both the City Hall (‘Stadhuis’) and the opera building (‘Muziektheater’). The Muziektheater has a varied program of opera, music theatre, ballet and dance. You can look up the program on the Muziektheater web site
Public transportation to Muziektheater: metros 51, 53 and 54; trams 9 and 14 (stop ‘Waterlooplein’).
Paradiso and Melkweg: Rock/Pop
Two of Amsterdam’s famous clubs, Paradiso and Melkweg, are both located very close to the Leidseplein. Apart from regular dance nights, they organize a lot of rock and pop concerts featuring famous (national and international) artists. You can check out their programs: at the web sites of Paradiso and Melkweg (both in Dutch). Paradiso is located on Weteringschans, Melkweg at Lijnbaansgracht.
Public transportation to Leidseplein: trams 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10