Below you will can find a brief description of the different concerts during the 8th International Chamber Music Festival, which will take place 17-21 May 2017.

This year we chose to gather the program under a single theme: the connection between literature and music. Both have influenced each other constantly in the course of history. We are very happy to share some of these masterworks with you!

Wednesday 17.05.2017

Festive opening concert in Viennese style at castle Oud-Wassenaar

Castle Oud-Wassenaar
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 we will officially open the festival with a romantic “declaration of love” to the city of Wassenaar and you, our faithful audience. During our Viennese Soirée at castle Oud-Wassenaar we would like to take you back to Vienna in the 1900’s, the time of Johann Strauss, Franz Schreker, Fritz Kreisler and Gustav Mahler. Wonderful musicians, “Roses from the South”, champagne, love letters, the unique atmosphere of the castle Oud-Wassenaar… prepare for a very romantic evening!

Thursday, 18.05.2017

“An evening with conductor Lawrence Renes” at the City Hall de Paauw

If you are interested in finding out more about conductors, opera singers and Gustav Mahler’s famous “Song of the Earth” please join the discussion on Thursday, May 18, 2017 between conductor Lawrence Renes and journalist Aukelien van Hoytema, known from her radio broadcast “A good morning with…” on Radio 4. During this evening you are very likely to find out surprising facts about the world of classical music. Lawrence and Aukelien look forward to welcoming you!

Friday 19.05.2017

Open rehearsal for the Wassenaar primary schools

deeff7d81fba36e2c2254bd362762002We are looking forward to sharing one of the most famous stories in musical history with 400 primary school children of Wassenaar!

Saturday 20.05.2017

The classical highlight concert at the Dorpskerk in Wassenaar

dorpskerk Wassenaar
This year our traditional Dorpskerk concert will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017. On the program you will find one of the most expressive compositions in the entire music literature: the famous “Song of the Earth” (Lied von der Erde, 1908) by Gustav Mahler, after Hans Bethge’s collection of Chinese poetry “The Chinese flute”.

We are very proud to welcome some of the finest musicians: Lawrence Renes, music director and chief conductor of the Royal Swedish Opera (performing already for the second time at our festival), Swedish tenor Michael Weinius and Swedish baritone Karl-Magnus Fredriksson. Together with musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra they will bring this masterwork back to life in the beautiful setting of the Dorpskerk.

Please buy your tickets as soon as possible!

Sunday 21.05.2017  SOLD OUT

Family lunch concert with Edwin Rutten and “Peter and the wolf” at castle Oud-Wassenaar

Peter and the WolfOur festival will close on a youthful tone on Sunday, May 21 2017, with the story of “Peter and the wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev in an orchestration by Bob Zimmerman for 13 players and a narrator – who will be none other than the legendary Edwin Rutten! We invite all Wassenaar, Dutch and world children to come together with their friends, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles to listen to this fantastic musical fairy tale!


The online box office will open on March 21, 2017. Tickets reservations for our ICMF friends will be possible from March 6, 2017 on.

If you wish to take advantage of the early booking option, you are very welcome to join our circle of friends.

If you are an ICMF Patroon or Donateur, please let us know asap if you want to use your two free tickets for the concert in the Dorpskerk. The church will fill quickly!

From April 15th on, you can also buy tickets at the bookshop De Kler, Langstraat 148 in Wassenaar.

If you have any questions or wish to make a reservation please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at or phone +31627 99 8880. (Cornelia van Hilten-Wenzel).