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At the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam! A €15 “sprintplaats” (rush ticket) scored me this view with an open bar before the show and during intermission. The Dutch really know how to encourage attendance! Julia Fischer on the wicked Chatsjatoerjan (Dutch spelling of Khachaturian) concerto. Having played this in UM’s campus orchestra (with a soloist from the music school) I knew the music quite well. We were also treated to Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and a Tchaikovsky symphony. SUCH a treat!

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