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From Wed 11.10.17
  • Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin and George Sand were an unlikely couple. She was a feminist writer, who lived life large and centre stage. He was retiring and preferred to stay in the background. And yet their love burned bright, at least for a time. Chopin wrote his best work - such as the Mazurkas, opus 59 and Sonata no. 3, opus 58 - in the latter, increasingly unhappy years of their relationship. Abdel Rahman El Bacha conjures with colours on a copy of Chopin's favourite instrument, a Pleyel concert grand piano.… Read more

  • Gatto plays Beethoven’s violin sonatas

    Unlike Mozart 20 years earlier, Ludwig van Beethoven managed to make ends meet without any official position or patron. This freedom contributed to the idealised image of the artist as a brilliant independent creator - a theme that pianist Julien Libeer and cultural historian Tom Verschaffel examine closely. With the help of Lorenzo Gatto, Libeer illustrates this transformation by playing both Beethoven's first violin sonata and his last. … Read more

  • On the eve of his exhibition Smoke, Ashes, Fable in Sint-Janshospitaal, famous South African artist William Kentridge is coming to Bruges to give a lecture-performance in the Concertgebouw. Best known for his Drawings for Projection (1989-2011) and his theatre direction, Kentridge will be exploring themes such as trauma and healing. In a lecture with amazing visuals, he will also explore the processes that drive his artistic creation.… Read more

  • Lecture about Monteverdi’s Marian vespers

    Monteverdi's most famous work, the Vespro della Beata Vergine, is undoubtedly a musical and historical monument. But despite their fame, these Marian vespers are shrouded in uncertainties. Faced with such an incredible source work, how should a performer, proceed? In this lecture, musicologist and musician Marc Vanscheeuwijck undermines the image of a sacrosanct work of art.… Read more

  • Monteverdi’s greatest hits

    Monteverdi, interpreted by two of today’s most versatile and expressive tenors and characterful Norwegian mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland: a veritable celebration! 40 years after his legendary Orfeo - a brilliant synthesis of old and new - Jos van Immerseel selects favourites from music pioneer Claudio Monteverdi’s most dramatic works. For some a revelation, for others a welcome rediscovery.… Read more

  • Study day

    In 2017 we commemorate the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth. In its day, the music he composed was revolutionary and ultramodern. Even now it has lost none of its drama and expressiveness. One of Monteverdi's most famous works is the Vespro della Beata Vergine (Marian Vespers). Ignace Bossuyt takes a closer look at Western vespers compositions, paying particular attention to those of Monteverdi.… Read more

  • Documentary

    On 24 February, 1607, in the Ducal Palace in Mantua, the premiere took place of what was probably the very first opera: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. This documentary - produced for cultural TV channel Arte - follows the composer of this innovation’s long journey, via documents, locations and especially music. In dialogue with present-day performers, it paints a portrait that reads like a novel. In his 76 years of life, Monteverdi got to know, among others, Veronesi and Galileo, and got to read Cervantes’ first editions.… Read more

  • Collegium Vocale Gent

    Mantua was too small for Monteverdi: the Gonzagas’ scintillating but demanding court began to feel restrictive. He therefore set his sights on a regular and prestigious church appointment as maestro di cappella. But before that could become a reality Monteverdi, who had spent years composing operas and madrigals, needed a portfolio religious music. His answer was his 1610 publication of a Mass and a collection of Vesper psalms, nowadays known as the Vespro della Beata Vergine. In this masterpiece, Monteverdi builds a bridge between the old polyphonic church music - a legacy from the Low Countries - and the burgeoning Baroque. He does so by transforming Gregorian psalm melodies into a new style that sparkles and shines with virtuosity, with vocal and instrumental parts interacting and vying to outdo each other. And even though this gem is undoubtedly Monteverdi's most famous composition, it still has plenty of secrets left to discover. Philippe Herreweghe and Peter Van Heyghen bring us their interpretation of this masterpiece. A unique concert, don’t miss it!… Read more

  • Open University

    Working in the US in the 1950s, Merce Cunningham abandoned the principles of expressionism. In the following decades, choreographers such as Lucinda Childs - who had studied at the Cunningham studio -  created influential works at New York’s Judson Dance Theater. Meanwhile, in Flanders, pioneers of contemporary dance, such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, were developing their talents in Maurice Béjart’s school. De Keersmaeker's first performances in the 1980s are clearly influenced by American minimalism, but have their own distinctive stamp. … Read more

  • Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jean-Guihen Queyras / Rosas

    This new creation by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, edits, questions and dances Bach’s famous Cello Suites. World-famous cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras plays them live for the three male and two female dancers, one of them De Keersmaeker herself. In this fascinating symbiosis of music and dance, both the essence of each suite and their mutual interplay in the whole are revealed.… Read more

  • Flanders Symphony Orchestra

    Sit amidst the orchestra and experience the music physically. Sounds come from all directions, moving through space and interweaving with the audience. Get an insider’s view of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Klara voice Sander Keere and conductor Jan Latham-Koenig accompany you on this exceptional adventure. CLUB Surround invites you to enjoy a completely unique experiences, at the fount of sound production, in the grip of the vibration, in short, in the music. Once you’ve been there, you’ll never want to leave.… Read more

  • Flanders Symphony Orchestra

    Sit amidst the orchestra and experience the music physically. Sounds come from all directions, moving through space and interweaving with the audience. Get an insider’s view of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Klara voice Sander Keere and conductor Jan Latham-Koenig accompany you on this exceptional adventure. CLUB Surround invites you to enjoy a completely unique experiences, at the fount of sound production, in the grip of the vibration, in short, in the music. Once you’ve been there, you’ll never want to leave.… Read more

  • A feast of classical music

    Anyone who has attended in recent years will confirm it: this is a veritable feast of classical music. Classical music comes in all shapes and sizes, for every emotion and every occasion: Iedereen Klassiek bathes everyone and everything in a joyful classical-music bath. Together with initiator Klara and many Bruges-based partners, the Concertgebouw is putting together a lavish celebration, with offshoots all over the inner city. As always, we warm up with Crazy about Bach and close with the wonderful Brussels Philharmonic, this time performing some well-known classics. Invite your family and friends to this free event, so that they too can discover the power and beauty of Bach, Beethoven and Bruges.… Read more