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Jan-Peter de Graaff – World premiere of Rimpelingen

The world premiere of the cello concerto Rimpelingen, by the up-and-coming composer Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on May 18 at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam… 

The world premiere of the cello concerto Rimpelingen, by the up-and-coming composer Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on May 18 at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam. The piece is a result of a commission by ASKO|SCHÖNBERG, and was written for cellist Hans Woudenberg.

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Highlighted composer: Patrick van Deurzen

On April 29 in De Doelen, Sinfonia Rotterdam and conductor Conrad van Alphen will perform two Rotterdam Concertos: the world premiere of Rotterdam Concerto no. 6, Invisible Cities, by Patrick van Deurzen with cimbalom player Jan Rokyta, as well as a reprise of Concerto no. 1 by Joey Roukens, with percussionist Colin Currie… 

On April 29 in De Doelen, Sinfonia Rotterdam and conductor Conrad van Alphen will perform two Rotterdam Concertos: the world premiere of Rotterdam Concerto no. 6, Invisible Cities, by Patrick van Deurzen with cimbalom player Jan Rokyta, as well as a reprise of Concerto no. 1 by Joey Roukens, with percussionist Colin Currie.

Invisible Cities is the sixth concerto in the Rotterdam Concerto series. Previous commissions have been given to Ned McGowan (Concerto for iPad), Hans Koolmees (pan flute and recorder), and Vanessa Lann (bassoon).

[The Rotterdam Concertos are] a kind of homage to the city of Rotterdam, where I have lived for over 20 years. One of the interpretations of the many stories in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities is that the different stories actually depict one city, described in many different perspectives. This connects me very well to the city I live in. Apart from that, the stories contain a lot of ideas that I could translate into music. The music itself is not a musical translation of the stories, but I take certain ideas from three particular stories (Mvt. I – Thin cities 5, Mvt. II – Cities & Desire 5, and Mvt. III – Cities & The Dead 3) to shape and create the music. These three stories are my favorite from the book, and they are contrasting enough to build a three-movement work. The movements together actually give the impression of a single movement, since there is no break between the movements.” (Patrick van Deurzen)

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Current and future projects

At the moment, Van Deurzen is working on a music theater work, which has the potential to become a short opera, called “Mancha! Mancha!” based on the characters of Don Quixote and Sancho Pancho, with baritones Henk Neven and Matthijs van der Woerd. It will be an over the top comic – slapstick-like, full of fights and misunderstandings. Dutch novelist Ernst van der Kwast is writing the libretto. The premiere will be in Rotterdam in 2018.

Jan-Peter de Graaff – World Premiere: De Grens

The world premiere of De Grens, a chamber opera by Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on April 22 at Salone dell’Opera in Vught… 

The world premiere of De Grens, a chamber opera by Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on April 22 at Salone dell’Opera in Vught. The opera was commissioned by Jonne & Marc Zoutendijk, the latter of whom is a member of the Kunst Stichting Vught and member of Salone dell’Opera in Vught. The commission has been facilitated with financial support through Donemus Publishing’s Compose4You project.

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Matijs de Roo – World Premiere: And the Centuries Surround Me with Fire

On April 6, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, will perform And the Centuries Surround Me with Fire in Hilversum… 

On April 6, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, will perform And the Centuries Surround Me with Fire in Hilversum. Matijs de Roo was first commissioned to write this piece by the NTR ZaterdagMatinee for violinist Simone Lamsma. It is inspired by the book Diary of a Teenage Girl, composed of blogs written by a teenage girl in Mosul during the armed conflict in Iraq.

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Klas Torstensson – U.S. premieres in Miller Theatre, New York!

On April 27, Sweden’s Ensemble SON teams up with Either/Or to introduce Klas Torstensson, one of the most important voices of Scandinavia and Holland, to New Yorkers. The program will highlight three chamber music works by the composer, all of which will be U.S. premieres: Sönerna, No Slash, and Elliott loves bebop… 

On April 27, Sweden’s Ensemble SON teams up with Either/Or to introduce Klas Torstensson, one of the most important voices of Scandinavia and Holland, to New Yorkers. Championed by conductor Peter Eötvös and celebrated at new music festivals in Huddersfield, Vienna, and Darmstadt, the composer has explored Nordic history and themes in works inspired by the polar seas and Arctic expeditions of yore.

The program will highlight three chamber music works by the composer, all of which will be U.S. premieres: Sönerna, No Slash, and Elliott loves bebop.

Elliott loves bebop consists of two compositions, Sönerna for saxophone, trombone, guitar and percussion, and No slash for violin, violoncello, piano and percussion. First, each of the quartets will perform the seperate pieces. After the intermission the two pieces then will be performed simultaneously: Elliott loves bebop.

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Katarina Glowicka – World premiere: Unknown

On April 3 at De Munt theater in Belgium, Allison Cook will premiere a cycle of 4 songs, entitled Unknown, by the Dutch-Polish composer Katarina Glowicka… 

The songs were set using texts by Afghan women from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. The production will be an exploration of femininity in some remarkable works: an irresistible invitation!

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Lina Tonia – SQUALL

Lina Tonia’s piano concerto, SQUALL, will be performed on April 28 by Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Dian Tchobanov at the Music Biennale Zagreb, Croatia… 

Lina Tonia’s piano concerto, SQUALL, will be performed on April 28 by Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Dian Tchobanov at the Music Biennale Zagreb, Croatia. SQUALL is a creation of continually spiraling patterns; the piano introduces these patterns quietly at the beginning of the work and the orchestra imitates the same energy and augments the sense of spiraling as the music continues.

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Weeshuis van de Nederlandse Muziek meets Donemus

Donemus is al vele jaren een bekende naam bij Nederlandse componisten. Deze uitgeverij maakt het mogelijk dat er heel erg veel Nederlandse muziek gepubliceerd wordt. Omdat wij met het Weeshuis ook regelmatig in de archieven van Donemus rondneuzen, leek het ons een goed idee om niet alleen de muziek, maar ook deze uitgeverij eens voor het voetlicht te brengen…  

Will Eisma & Henk van der Meulen – zaterdag 18 maart 21.00 uur – Donemus (Den Haag >>> gratis (!) kaarten reserveren)
Donemus is al vele jaren een bekende naam bij Nederlandse componisten. Deze uitgeverij maakt het mogelijk dat er heel erg veel Nederlandse muziek gepubliceerd wordt. Omdat wij met het Weeshuis ook regelmatig in de archieven van Donemus rondneuzen, leek het ons een goed idee om niet alleen de muziek, maar ook deze uitgeverij eens voor het voetlicht te brengen.

Op 18 maart presenteren wij dan ook twee werken van namen uit het Donemus-archief: Klein Protocol (1966) voor viool & cello van Will Eisma en Regen (1982) voor 5 instrumentalisten van Henk van der Meulen. De werken worden gespeeld door Rieneke Brink (dwarsfluit), Jesse Faber (klarinet), Judith van Driel (viool), Hannah Shaw (altviool) en Lidy Blijdorp (cello). Aan tafel zitten ,naast presentator David Dramm, de twee componisten van de avond en Davo van Peursen, directeur van Donemus.

De aanvangstijd van het Weeshuis is iets vervroegd, naar 21.00 uur. Zoals gewoonlijk kunt u eerst naar de muziek luisteren. Daarna volgt een korte toelichting en interview en is er ruimte voor gesprek over de muziek. Tot slot klinken de composities nog een keer, om de muziek vanuit een nieuwe context opnieuw te kunnen horen en waarderen. Het gehele programma duurt iets meer dan een uur. VPRO Vrije Geluiden neemt het concert op voor latere uitzending.

Let op, zaterdag 18 maart zijn we te gast bij Donemus. Het concert is dan ook in Den Haag, Rijswijkseplein 786. routebeschrijving

Highlighted composer: Andries van Rossem

Andries van Rossem is currently composer-in-residence at Musis Arnhem for the 2016-2017 season. Because of this, the Musis Stadstheater Arnhem commissioned Part III of Van Rossem’s Concerto for piano and chamber orchestra… 

Andries van Rossem is currently composer-in-residence at Musis Arnhem for the 2016-2017 season. Because of this, the Musis Stadstheater Arnhem commissioned Part III of Van Rossem’s Concerto for piano and chamber orchestra for Ralph van Raat and Het Gelders Orkest. Parts I and II were commissioned by Fonds Podiumkunsten for the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble. HGO, directed by Karel Deseure, will perform this Concerto on three occasions: March 30, March 31, and April 2 in Nijmegen, Zutphen, and Arnhem, respectively.

Other notable concerts include Mattheüs Junior, De Plaats & Toonkust, at the Walburgiskerk in Arnhem from March 24-26, Mijn Lieve Burgerhart at the Huize Voormeer in Heereveen on April 23 and May 27, Strings! performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta at Musis Arnhem on April 7, and the performance of Via Crucis at the Orgelpark, Amsterdam on March 31. In addition, Van Rossem’s piece, Oneliner, will be part of the mandatory repertoire for the International Schnitger Organ Competition 2017 during the Organ Festival Holland in Alkmaar in the month of June.

 

Current and future projects

Van Rossem is currently working on a theater project, HUIS, which will be premiered by the chamber choir PA’dam and directed by Marijke Beversluis on November 16 at Musis Arnhem. HUIS is a contemporary literary concert performed for narrator and choir, a capella, for a medium sized room.

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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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