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From Wed 24.02.16
  • Zwanenmeer

    Quite a melancholy atmosphere in this February programme, with doomed love in Tchaikovsky’s The Swan Lake and unrequited adoration in Janáček’s Sinfonietta. Fortunately, the grandeur of this latter magnum opus and Tom Landschoot’s virtuoso performance of Frank Nuyts’s Tumbleweed Concerto and Dvořák’s Silent Woods and Rondo will bring light to darkness.… Read more

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  • Bruckner’s Monumental Eighth

    As a fifteen-year-old, French Canadian composer Yannick Nézet-Séguin became completely captivated by Bruckner. The first symphony he ever conducted was therefore one by this Austrian composer. Nézet-Séguin’s much-acclaimed, inexhaustible energy and generosity are sure to come in handy in a performance of Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony. With a triple strength woodwind section, a contrabassoon and three harps, as regards orchestration, this is by far his most impressive symphony. Bruno Mantovani may be French, but the German-Austrian classical-romantic tradition is closer to his heart than the music of Debussy and Ravel. He was nicknamed ‘the 21st century Mozart’ because, like Mozart, he creates something original by absorbing what he sees and hears around him. … Read more

  • Welcome to the Sound Factory! In this interactive space for sound art, a whole new world of sounds and noises opens up for you! An experienced guide takes you in tow for a two-hour workshop. We start with an experiential exploration of the Concertgebouw. During this interactive tour, the focus is on sound, experiencing sound and how the space works musically. During a second, hands-on session, you can create your own sound with the interactive installations and on the iMacs. … Read more

  • Los jardines de España

    Gypsy music, snatches of flamenco, sensual Andalusian songs and irresistible rhythms: in his Noches en los jardines de España, De Falla mixes his nature and his nurture, his Spanish roots and his French training with Paul Dukas. This southern programme by orchestra in residence Anima Eterna Brugge is brimming with ethnic influences. Although Enescu himself was far from happy with his early work, his infectious Rhapsodie roumaine became a real audience favourite. Ravel - who was part Basque through his mother - evokes the colours of the Iberian Peninsula in his Rapsodie Espagnole and in his masterpiece Tzigane, which has a starring role for young violinist Chouchane Siranossian. In Ma mère l’oye, a completely different side of Ravel comes to the fore: a fan of children’s games who has unbridled imagination.… Read more

  • Spanish and French Quartets

    Every composer who writes a string quartet approaches this time-honoured genre with a certain anxiety. That Debussy already produced a string quartet in his early thirties, testifies to his nerve – some even found it inappropriate and pretentious. After the premiere there was therefore considerable dissatisfaction: Debussy had supposedly exchanged Beethoven’s resounding cerebral constructions for nothing more than beautiful melodies. Yann Robin and Hector Parra also composed their first string quartet at a young age – and they were no less innovative and controversial than Debussy’s was in his day. Spanish Mozart, Juan de Arriaga, completes the programme. Quatuor Tana have collaborated with contemporary composers numerous times. Their great musical curiosity ensures an original sound and allows them, time and again, to get the most out of contemporary composers’ multifaceted wealth of styles and music.… Read more

  • La Vie en Rose

    Dirk Brossé is our guide in a journey along his favourite muse stories. From literature’s star-crossed lovers to the romantic-artistic alliances Rodin-Claudel and Stravinsky-Chanel: these are tales brimming with inspiration and adoration. Through their songs, Hans Peter Janssens and Jo Lemaire breathe life into their modern muses, such as Edith Piaf.… Read more

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  • Uninhibited & humorous

    Mauricio Kagel is known as a composer with a keen sense of humour, provocative ideas and the daring to turn conventions upside down with his music. Die Stücke der Windrose is no exception to this rule. Musical references to local colour, clichés and even downright kitschy elements are uninhibitedly combined with more ‘modern’ sounding material. This is music written with imagination and relativising humour. And it invites the listener to experience that same imagination and playfulness. The same is true of Kantrimiusik, more or less Kagel’s Pastoral, with a thunder storm, birdsong, galloping horses and folk music. But, as usual in Kagel’s work, such elements are never simply illustrative: the work explores, parodies and comments on the various aspects of the pastoral. Kagel even invents his own ‘traditional folk music’. An evening which will bring many a smile to your face. Just as Kagel intended!… Read more

  • From Frescobaldi to Bach

    In this harpsichord recital, Rinaldo Alessandrini pursues a spark, a spark that even made it over the Alps. The fire began to smoulder with Girolamo Frescobaldi’s early, virtuoso Baroque works. After decades in which vocal music reigned supreme - first strict polyphony, then later mainly madrigals – he proved that the same expressiveness could be achieved on the keyboard, without any words. There’s no better example of Frescobaldi’s glittering genius than his endless creative variations Cento partite on a simple passacaglia theme. Frescobaldi’s published scores and those of his contemporaries then reached northern Germany, where numerous organist-composers found them a source of inspiration, Bach maybe most of all. This evening we hear some of his most Italian-tinted works: a series of highly demanding variations and the dramatic Capriccio, an expressive early Bach piece, full of imitations.… Read more

  • Alessandro Scarlatti. Caino

    Cain versus Abel, the first murder in human history, was a popular theme in 18th century Italy. Scarlatti composed this oratorio – a ‘religious entertainment’ according to its title page – for the Valhalla of baroque opera: Venice. His story of the bloody fratricide therefore combines the dramatic power of the opera with the burning conviction of the Counter Reformation. Good and Evil, God and Lucifer are diametrically opposed. Cain bewails his sins. Adam and Eve mourn. The voice of the deceased Abel’s high and fragile voice comforts them from heaven. Terrifying thundering in the orchestra, sweet shepherds’ tunes and outrageously beautiful vocal lines: this baroque thriller offers us more than enough suspense to keep us glued to the edge of our seats.… Read more

  • J.S. Bach

    deCHORALE is an Antwerp-based oratorio choir, that consists of some hundred motivated singers and the ambitious conductor Paul Dinneweth. We aim to set the bar high, and we feel public and press applaud us for that. In 2016 our choir will be founded a hundred years ago. We want to give the festivities the notoriety this birthday deserves with a performance of the St Matthew Passion with ensemble a and an extraordinary cast with Thomas Blondelle, Hilde Coppé, Joris Derder, Rob Cuppens, Annelis Meskens and Matthew Zadow.… Read more

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  • Reviving 5000 years of civilization

    Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired. A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops. Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has been nearly lost. Yet Shen Yun – a non-profit organization – has become an international phenomenon, bringing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture to millions across the globe. Trailer… Read more

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