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The Pessoa by Jan van de Putte on CD!

On March 5, 2016 Jan van de Putte was at the Zaterdagmatinee. A full program with his complete cycle of the Pessoa songs. All who were there remember the impressive performance. It was recorded successfully and there were plans for a CD release…  

It took 1,5 year to have the CDs completely finished. On november 30 the double CD will be presented at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. After the première of a new work by Klaas de Vries by ASKO|Schönberg, the CD will be presented by Etcetera.

You’re welcome to buy your copy (for just € 23), meet the composer, the ensemble and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw. Soprano Keren Motseri and mezzo-soprano Barbara Koselj will sing the famous duet and Jan van de Putte will be available to sign the CD.

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Support new Etudes for Bass Clarinet

Please donate to the crowd-funding campaign by Fie Schouten for a new album of etudes for beginning bass clarinetist…   

Two years ago Fie Schouten’s edition of “Bass Clarinet Miniatures” was published. That book contains short solo works for professional bass clarinetists and advanced conservatory students. Following the success of that project, now Fie Schouten is inspired to publish a new book of etudes for the beginning bass clarinetist. With your support, this crowd-funding campaign will make that possible.

She collaborates with 8 composers who are excited about this project and happy to contribute new etudes to this book:

Oguz Büyükberber, Tobias Klein, Vanessa Lann, Georgia Nicolau, Joris Roelofs, Steffen Schorn, Petra StumpLinshalm, Lotta Wennäkoski

Donemus has already agreed to publish the book. The aim is to release it in September 2018 – at the start of the 3rd Basklarinet Festijn, an international bass clarinet festival in The Netherlands. The Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst is supporting this project too. Please consider a donation and see the rewards.

Crowd-funding at Voordekunst

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Donemus at November Music

November Music is an international music festival founded in 1993 and based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. It gives the audience a bird’s-eye view of what’s happening in with new music. Contemporary composed music features jazz, improvised and electronic music, musical installations, and music theatre….   

Each year one can listen to a wide pallet of the latest works published at Donemus. This year we proudly present the next works performed at November Music:
– Ode to Man by Yannis Kyriakides in ballet by Silbersee ‘ Homo instrumentalis’
      Concert/Work

– Opera Fortress Europe by Calliope Tsoupaki performed by opera Trionfo and ASKO|Schoenberg
      Concert/Work

Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs by Maxim Shalygin
      Concert/Work

– Mini-opera A Light World by Mateo Soto
      Concert/Work

– Kus de regen by Micha Hamel
      Concert

Martynov at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle

Vladimir Martynov – Autumn Ball of the Elves, for string orchestra; now with ballet by the Pacific Northwest Ballet!

Vladimir Martynov’s Autumn Ball of the Elves, for string orchestra, represents a Russian mix of minimalism and post-romanticism that can also be heard in the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Both composers abandoned academic compositional styles following religious conversions and developed individual voices influenced by personal interests and convictions. In Autumn Ball of the Elves, Martynov applies a theme and variations structure to a minimalist palette.

(Program note by Doug Fullington.)

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Vladimir Martynov at Donemus

World premiere Vanessa Lann – Rise for two bassoons and (amateur) orchestra

Martine Reurings & Dick Hanemaayer (bassoons) and the Van Wassenaer Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Boers will perform the world premiere of Rise of Vanessa Lann on November 19…  

A more prominent role for the bassoon – not hidden within, but standing in front of, the orchestra – that is what the Dutch Bassoon Network wished to create through its commission to Vanessa Lann to compose a concerto for two bassoons and orchestra. And with the unique goal of creating a work primarily intended for amateur bassoonists. The Dutch Performing Arts Fund provided the financial support for this commission. The first performance will take place on Sunday, 19th November 2017, featuring Dick Hanemaayer and Martine Reurings as soloists, along with the Van Wassenaer Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Broers.

Concertos for two bassoons and orchestra have existed for some time, but this work is unique: the sound combinations between the two bassoons are totally new, as are the timbres within the orchestra. The work begins with the two bassoon soloists, the first bassoon standing before the orchestra, and the second bassoon answering from within the ensemble. Their tones intertwine in short garlands, followed by repeated rhythms that will return in the second movement to give an important impulse to the music. With a leap of a minor ninth the bassoonists land on the beloved low C. That’s how the first movement begins. And yes, after the first movement the title of the piece will be celebrated, quite literally. But “Rise” (as a piece and as a project) is unique for other reasons. From the very start the main goal was to give as many players as possible the opportunity to perform the work. Special arrangements have also been made with the publishing house Donemus to make the work available to orchestras inside and outside the Netherlands. The two bassoonists from each orchestra performing the piece will have their hands full with the notes and rhythms. Even though the piece does not contain the virtuoso passages and cadenzas of the typical classical solo concerto, the solo parts are still demanding in other ways. In the second movement the music speeds up, with repeated rhythmic patterns. The third movement brings the sounds, tones and intervals from the first movement back into the picture. And in the fourth movement the rhythmic interplay within the entire orchestra leads to a surprising conclusion…..

Van Wassenaer Orchestra

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Joey Roukens at the New York Philharmonic

Boundless, by Joey Roukens, will have its US premiere during the New York Philharmonic’s festival around Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival (October 25-November 14)…  

Boundless was written as an homage to Leonard Bernstein, as the composer-conductor was a big influence for Roukens. The piece, conducted by Alan Gilbert, will be performed along with a number of well-known orchestral pieces by Bernstein. It will be performed a total of five times during the festival, on October 25-28, and October 31.

Boundless (Homage to L.B.) was composed as a companion piece to Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium), requiring similar forces of string orchestra, harp, and percussion. Roukens has his percussionists play a larger array of instruments, and he adds a keyboard player, but does not use the solo violin spot- lighted in Bernstein’s piece. In the second of his three connected movements, Roukens alludes to the Adagietto of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, and he also draws on two of Bernstein’s Thirteen Anniversaries (1988), short piano pieces written in honor of people in that composer’s circle — in this case, the Anniversaries No. 5 (for composer Leo Smit) and No. 13 (for Bernstein’s friend Ellen Goetz, in memoriam).

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Ton de Leeuw – Piano concerto world premiere

On October 12, Ralph van Raat will give the world premiere of a recently discovered piano concerto by Ton de Leeuw at the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam!   

The piano concerto, from the year 1948, was put aside by the Ton de Leeuw when he left The Netherlands to study in Paris. The piece had not been picked up since then. Fortunately, the work was recently rediscovered and submitted to the well-known pianist, Ralph van Raat, and he is enthusiastic about finally letting the world hear its content! Following the premiere in Laurenskerk will be a second performance on October 14 in the Schönbergzaal, The Hague.

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Momo, new opera by Svitlana Azarova

On October 15, the world premiere of Momo and the Time Thieves by Svitlana Azarova, will be performed by the Royal Danish Opera…   

The opera of Svitlana Azarova tells the story of a magical little girl named Momo, who comes to live in a small village, and her dealings with The Time Thieves, who are stealing the free time of the villagers. She is the only one who can see these strange grey men, so it is up to her to save the village! The opera comes from the book of the same name, which is one of the most beloved children’s books in Germany.

Take a trip to the land of fairy tales with your whole family to see Momo bring back the stolen time!
Running from October 15 – December 10.

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World premiere Bram Kortekaas

Bram Kortekaas – Footnotes to the human comedy: Musings of Arnon Grunberg
The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir and conductor Karel Mark Chichon will present a new composition by Bram Kortekaas on 14 October 2017 in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.   

The NTR ZaterdagMatinee commissioned Kortekaas to write Footnotes to the human comedy: Musings of Arnon Grunberg. The composition is based on the daily columns by Arnon Grunberg in the newspaper de Volkskrant. The composition deals with some of the main recurring themes in Grunberg’s columns: guilt, political freedom, the homo economicus and death.
The concert will be broadcast live by NPO Radio 4.

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Concert at the Concertgebouw
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Composer Jan Welmer 80!

In September many churches in Utrecht are part of the festival on Jan Welmers, who gets 80. Several concerts and projects.   

Jan Welmers is one of the Dutch leading composers for new organ music. But his oeuvre contains works for other instruments and ensembles as well. His works are regularly performed both nationally and internationally.

With this festival marks his 80th birthday. A great milestone with many concerts with famous musicians like Jan Hage, Jetty Podt, Tatiana Koleva, Piet van der Steen. From September 16 to October 1, 11 concerts will be given as a tribute to composer Jan Welmers.

There will be a presentation on the work and the compositions of Welmers. A new CD with his works for organ by Jan Hage, will be presented and authors prof. dr. Hans Fidom, drs. Hugo Bakker, drs. Willem-Jan Cevaal and dr. Jan Hage will release a book on Welmer’s works.

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