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Donemus Performances Abroad

Donemus has several exciting concerts happening all over the world!… 

Donemus has several exciting concerts happening all over the world! Eurotopia, by Evrim Demirel, will be performed at the Freiberg Theater in Freiberg, Germany on March 4, 5, 10, and 11. This unique performance features an evening of theater by international artists from all over Europe that work together on a common theater performance.

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Hanna Kulenty’s Viola Concerto No. 1 will have its Polish premiere on March 25 at the Concert Hall Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR in Polish) in Katowice, Poland. The concert will be conducted by Alexander Humala and performed by the NOSPR Orchestra with Geneviève Strosser as soloist.

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Luc Brewaeys’ Along the Shores of Lorn, performed by the Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen and directed by Karel Deseure, will be making a tour in Belgium this month. The Symfonie Orkest will perform Luc Brewaeys, paired with Beethoven and Copland, on March 18, 23, 25, and 26 in Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg, Concertgebouw Brugge, CC Het Perron, and De Singel, respectively.

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Willem Jeths’ Requiem World Premiere at NTR ZaterdagMatinee

The Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by James Gaffigan, will perform Willem Jeths’ Requiem on March 11 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The piece was commissioned by and will be performed during the NTR ZaterdagMatinee series… 

The Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by James Gaffigan, will perform Willem Jeths’ Requiem on March 11 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The piece was commissioned by and will be performed during the NTR ZaterdagMatinee series.

The first part of the great Requiem from Jeths was already premiered in the 2015-2016 season. The completed work can now be heard in its entirety, touching and infused with deep emotion, like all music Jeths has been writing in recent years. He has been rather fascinated with grace and elegance, and his attention has increasingly moved into the final and insoluble mystery that engages the human being: what is on the other side of the dividing line between life and death? Fear and silence embrace each other in this grandiose requiem.

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Gouden Viooltje Prize for Jacob ter Veldhuis

On March 9, Ter Veldhuis will receive the Gouden Viooltje Prize, which is given to musicians with exceptional talent from North Holland. His Adagio for orchestra will have its world premiere on the same day… 

On March 9, Jacob ter Veldhuis will receive the Gouden Viooltje Prize, which is given to musicians with exceptional talent from North Holland.

The Noord Nederlands Orkest, conducted by Antony Hermus, combines French impressionist masters Roussel, Poulenc, and Debussy, with works by the Groningen-native JacobTV (aka Jacob ter Veldhuis) on March 9 at the Oosterport in Groningen and on March 10 at Tivoli Vredenberg in Utrecht.

NNO has asked Ter Veldhuis to compose an orchestral work on the occasion of his 65th birthday, thus giving life to his Adagio for orchestra. This piece will have its world premiere in Groningen, along with a performance of his La Lucerna del Mondo. Both performances will be live on Dutch Public Radio 4.

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Highlighted composer: Joey Roukens

There will be many performances of three major works by Joey Roukens in the month of February: Boundless (Royal Concertgebouw-orchestra), Visions at Sea (Amsterdam Sinfonietta) and In Transit (Dutch National Ballet). In addition, there are several future commissions which are currently being developed…  

There will be many performances of three major works by Joey Roukens in the month of February. The first piece, Boundless, is a commission from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and an homage to the great composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth. The piece will have its world premiere on Feb. 8 at the Concertgebouw, followed by two more performances on Feb. 9 and 11.

A string orchestra version of Visions at Sea (originally for string quartet) will be performed by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on Feb. 10 and on Feb. 17 in Leiden.

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Finally, In Transit will be performed as part of the ballet series Made in Amsterdam 1 at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Made in Amsterdam 1 & 2 consist of recent works choreographed especially for the company, and In Transit will be presented as part of this series on Feb. 11, 19, 21, and 24, followed by two more performances in March.

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Current and future projects

Roukens is currently busy working on a double piano concerto for the Jussen brothers for the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest which will be performed during the ZaterdagMatinee series. There will also be several upcoming performances of his Percussion Concerto with Colin Currie as soloist – in April with Sinfonia Rotterdam in De Doelen, and in May with the Gelders Orkest.

In addition, there are several future commissions which are currently being developed. These include a string quartet commission by Festival OModernt in Sweden, a piece for wind quintet for the Orlando Quintet, a piece for the Cello Biennale 2018, and a string quartet for the String Quartet Biennale 2020.

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra honors Leonard Bernstein

On the centennial of his birth, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra honors the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein with the concert series RCO/Bernstein 2017, which include ‘Boundless’ by Joey Roukens, and ‘Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C’ by Bram Kortekaas…  

On the centennial of his birth, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra honors the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein with the concert series RCO/Bernstein 2017. The series include Boundless, by Joey Roukens, which will have its world premiere on Feb. 8 at the Concertgebouw, followed by two more performances on Feb. 9 and 11.

Additionally, Bram Kortekaas received a commission for a new work for voice and wind quintet to accompany the orchestra’s East Side/West Side concert in the Horizon series. Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C, is based on Bernstein’s FBI files. The agency investigated Bernstein because of alleged communist sympathies.

Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C, is to be performed by musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and alto Carina Vinke on Feb. 1 during a lecture from the John Adams Institute in the West-Indisch Huis and on Feb. 2 during the Entrée Late Night in the Koorzaal of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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The David Kweksilber Big Band performs Guus Janssen’s works

The David Kweksilber Big Band performs Guus Janssen’s De Janssen Songboek, Bonanza and more works in Bimhuis Amsterdam (Feb. 4) and De Doelen Rotterdam (Feb. 25). Guus Janssen will participate in two roles: as a composer and as a big band pianist…  

The David Kweksilber Big Band performs Guus Janssen’s De Janssen Songboek, Bonanza and more works in Bimhuis Amsterdam (Feb. 4) and De Doelen Rotterdam (Feb. 25).

Guus Janssen is a leading Dutch composer as well as a masterful piano improviser. His music is a synthesis of classical and jazz, and of composition and improvisation. Bonanzo (2014) composed for big band, is Janssen’s magnum opus. Alongside a spectacular performance of this piece, the David Kweksilber Big Band will play additional new compositions by Janssen.

Guus Janssen will participate in two roles: as a composer and as a big band pianist.

David Kweksilber about his big band: “It’s crazy for the musicians in the band, for composers and the public to share in festive, exciting, multifaceted sounds. This big band is an excellent vehicle for a thrilling musical experience! The bond carries an incredible energy with a provocative, brand new here-and-now repertoire. ”

Next to complete David Kweksilber Big Band, including regular participants soprano Claron McFadden, VJ Peter Kok and tap dancer Peter Kuit, the late night program includes live video projections and films.

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World Premiere of Catharsis by Kris Oelbrandt

The world premiere of Catharsis, by Br Kris Oelbrandt, composer and monk of the abbey Maria Toevlucht of Zundert, will be performed by the pianist Jean-Michel Dayez at the Westvest Church in Schiedam on Feb. 28. Brother Kris will be present at the event and will give an introduction about his composition…  

The world premiere of Catharsis, by Brother Kris Oelbrandt, composer and monk of the abbey Maria Toevlucht of Zundert, will be performed by the pianist Jean-Michel Dayez at the Westvest Church in Schiedam on Feb. 28. The work is based on the seventh chapter of the Rule for monks, by Saint Benedict, which tells in twelve steps how a monk can ascend to true humility. Saint Benedict wrote this rule in the 6th century as a guide to the monastic life of his time, and is to this day a source of inspiration for many. The piano cycle begins in a very boisterous manner in the beginning, but ends in extreme serenity; one experiences the music as a path of contemplation, purification, and catharsis.

Brother Kris will be present at the event and will give an introduction about his composition.

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Four world premieres by Elmer Schönberger

At the second concert in a series devoted to Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Feb. 17 in De Doelen in Rotterdam mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf and the Doelen Ensemble will premiere Elmer Schönberger’s vocal cycle Caliban sings – three songs for the alleged ‘monster’ in Shakespeare’s play…  

At the second concert in a series devoted to Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Feb. 17 in De Doelen in Rotterdam mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf and the Doelen Ensemble will premiere Elmer Schönberger’s vocal cycle Caliban sings – three songs for the alleged ‘monster’ in Shakespeare’s play. Only in the third song, ‘Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises’, Caliban is free of anger and becomes engrossed in soft canons, distant sounds and sweet mandoline tunes.

The program also features two new ensemble pieces by Schönberger: Variations on Richard Farnaby’s Nobodyes Gigge from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (ca. 1600) and Solemn and strange music. The latter was named after the imaginary music sounding during a fairy-like Tempest scene when ‘strange Shapes’ bring in a banquet.

The concert opens with an ad hoc arrangement of the Tempo impetuoso from Vivaldi’s Concerto no.2 in g minor, Op.8, RV 315, ‘L’estate’.

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Looking back and ahead

Donemus Publishing has finished its 4th year after the restart. Sales, rentals, licenses and concerts have all increased slowly but steadily over last few years. We’re happy and honored that the music of our composers is so present in the musical life in many countries….  

Our sales and rentals reached musicians in 50 countries. Last year music was sold from more than 70% of our composers. And orders contained the complete range of the most early compositions to the latest additions.

The royalties we pay to our composers has nearly tripled compared to the first year. We thank all our composers for their trust in our team. Last year Giel Vleggaar, Julia Juraschewski and Heather Pinkham have joined our team.

The new year has many great projects ahead. Operas, ballet-performances, many world premieres. Donemus Publishing has signed a contract with neoScores® and an addendum to our contract with the Digital Score Library of Alexander Street Press. And a few more exciting projects are in the pipeline!

Highlighted Composer: Edward Top

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, combined with the musicians of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, will join forces to perform the world premiere of Eruption, by Dutch-Canadian composer Edward Top, on January 24th at the NAC Southam Hall in Ottawa, Canada. The work was commissioned by the TSO/TSYO, with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in 2017…  

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, combined with the musicians of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, will join forces to perform the world premiere of Eruption, by Dutch-Canadian composer Edward Top, on January 24th at the NAC Southam Hall in Ottawa, Canada. The work was commissioned by the TSO/TSYO, with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in 2017. Two more performances will follow, at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, and the Roy Thomson Hall, in the Canadian cities of Montréal and Toronto, respectively. All three performances will be conducted by Toronto-born TSO Music Director, Peter Oundjian.

Top says of his composition: “This piece in itself is an eruption, a celebration of the intense outbreak of youthful vigor, capturing a tour de force of speed that does not diminish for the entire duration. It is the raw and unrestrained crest of musical heights that is captured in the fleeting moment of an eruption. The idea came about when, by chance, I discovered a striking similarity between cadences in the Ars Nova style, a French medieval musical style, compared to power chords of the modern-day Heavy Metal genre, where the use of parallel perfect fifths plays a pivotal role in its unmistakable sound.”

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