In season 18-19 the cosmos is at the heart of the Concertgebouw Brugge’s cultural universe. After a year of metamorphoses, in which we focussed on ‘the gaze turned inward', our new season looks upward and outward. We search for connections between music, dance and science, and reveal surprising links.
Concertgebouw Brugge has selected three people to put their ‘cosmic’ stamp on season 18-19:
Season’s Thinker Thomas Hertog: KULeuven cosmologist and friend and close associate of the recently deceased Stephen Hawking.
Season’s Composer Annelies Van Parys: this daughter of Bruges is one of our country’s leading composers of contemporary classical music, with an exceptional love of spectralism - music inspired by the physical properties of sound.
Season’s Photographer Dries Segers: his photos grace the season brochure, and all without the aid of a camera, because Segers prefers to treat film and then expose it to light, space and time. The result is a perplexing almost alien spectacle.
This season’s theme is so inspirational that the Concertgebouw is organising a special Cosmos Festival, from 26 March to 10 April, 2019.
The programme highlights, in every possible way, the often strong connection between art and science. Scientist Thomas Hertog and cellist Arne Deforce reveal the analogy between music and the cosmos in a unique lecture. Artist Karl Van Welden presents his project United Planets, which features works inspired by the planet Mars. Valery Vermeulen and Hiroshi Matoba present a new audiovisual production, in which they convert data from outer space into music and visuals. And the famous orchestral suite The Planets is provided with impressive NASA images.
We also of course have our annual festivals:
In season 18-19 the Concertgebouw presents five new Masterpieces: five highpoints of music history that you have to hear live at least once in your lifetime. Plus a comprehensive programme of participatory projects (in collaboration with Musica) and in-depth context activities.
'The first season of Masterpiece Weeks was a resounding success. Next season we once again present five masterpieces from five centuries that you simply have to experience live. From Lassus's Penitential Psalms, juxtaposed with their Ottoman counterpart, to Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, which inspires youngsters to imagine and shape their own 'new world' in the Entrepot. '- Jeroen Vanacker
In season 18-19 Concertgebouw Brugge’s five resident artists all present new projects to the (Bruges) audience.
New is Atelier Matinée: every first Sunday of the month (from October 2018 to June 2019) the Concertgebouw will be the place to go for a wonderful family outing with your (grand)children. The entrance hall will be transformed into a big playground, with play and exploration areas. For a small fee, children can also enjoy a fun workshop. The varied offerings will have something for children of all ages.
'In our coming season, we once again offer a varied range of educational activities. Pupils in primary and secondary education and in part-time arts education will all find something to their liking. Besides this, we are making every effort to provide children and adolescents with a wealth of leisure activities. In these our focus is not just on music, dance and sound art: we look beyond them at photography and science, we even step into the kitchen for a culinary adventure.'
- Evi Huys, Art Education
The Concertgebouw Circuit naturally remains a great attraction for families with children. We also have the family festival KRIKRAK and, as usual, a fine selection of family performances.
Especially for 16 to 26 year-olds, the Concertgebouw has developed the format 7x7: seven performances that will definitely appeal to these youngsters, and each for only 7 euros.
Season 18-19 promises to be a surprising exploratory journey through space, full of action and amazement, energy and attraction, lightness and gravity, silence and supernovas.
During season 17-18 Concertgebouw Brugge underwent a veritable metamorphosis. Besides other changes, our entrance hall was completely refurbished. And those entrance doors are now also open outside performance hours. This brings other audiences up to the Concertgebouw. And with good reason. Early September 2017, for instance, saw the opening of the Concertgebouw Circuit, an experience-based trail through the building, with its focus on visual art, the sound art collection and, of course, the exceptional architecture.
New features were added to the programming this season, such as the Masterpiece Weeks and Salon Libeer, with more attention being paid to participatory projects and in-depth activities – an approach that paid off: in 2017 ticket sales rose by some 20%.
Concertgebouw Brugge thus manages to generate 1.5 euros of its own revenue for every euro it receives in government subsidy.
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