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Luc Brewaeys – Credeva (in memoriam Franco Donatoni)

Credeva, by Luc Brewaeys, will be performed three times this month in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively… 

Credeva by Luc Brewaeys was written as a musical adieu by the composer to his teacher, Franco Donatoni. This monumental orchestral piece will be performed three times this month by the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen under Jan Latham-Koenig’s direction in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively.

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Donemus around the world

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6… 

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6:

Olga VictorovaAngels Dance at the Tokyo International Forum

Willem Jeths – Recorder Concerto at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Mateo Soto – Habaneras in Ciclo de Habaneras at the Fundación Juan March

Louis AndriessenBallet ‘Faust II’ at the Opernhaus Dortmund

Hendrik Andriessen – Balletsuite at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

Zaid Jabri – A Garden Among the Flames at Carnegie Hall, New York

 

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Jacques Bank – composer portrait at the Orgelpark Amsterdam

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others… 

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others.

Programme:
Purcelliana
Een bevroren trompet in Helsinki
The End
Moya’s Song
Vier Lieder ohne Worte
Felix und Clara


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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 the full version of De Grens, a chamber opera by Jan-Peter de Graaff and Yuri Robbers will take place on September 25 at Kerkrade. In August there were a couple of try-outs at the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and at the NJO Muziekzomer. More performances at November Music etc…   

De Grens (The Border)
The year is 1918: World War I is nearing its end. The German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, arrives at the Dutch border as an exile from his own country, seeking asylum in the Netherlands. However, the Dutch government was not notified in advance of the Kaiser’s arrival and takes its time to decide whether the royal visitor is welcome.

Pending the government’s decision, the Kaiser (mezzo-soprano Eva Kroon) is stuck at the railway station of Eijsden, a small town at the southern border of the Netherlands. At the station, he meets the station manager (soprano Ginette Puylaert), a man whose character, lineage and political views are in complete dissonance with those of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The two gentlemen have a fiery discussion, but despite all the differences, they have one thing in common: a total lack of control over their own situation.

Unique
A historical event with a contemporary twist, wrapped into a compact chamber opera: De Grens is an attractive performance of 25 up to 45 minutes that brings new music close to the audience. The length is flexible because the two scenes can be performed separately. Due to its small setup – two singers and five instrumentalists – De Grens can be performed both in concert halls and on less traditional locations, such as industrial buildings or living rooms, and even multiple times on the same day. The chamber opera makes use of unique film material from 1918, supplemented with new footage.

Cast & crew
Eva Kroon and Ginette Puylaert, who play the two male characters, are highly accomplished singers on their way to the top of the opera world, and both participated in young talent projects at the Dutch National Opera. They are accompanied by violinist Pieter van Loenen (Finalist and Audience Prize winner Dutch National Violin Competition 2016) and the ensemble But What About, who together form an active part of the dramaturgy. The ensemble But What About consists of clarinet, accordion, double bass and percussion and won the Grote Kamermuziekprijs 2016 of the conservatories of The Hague and Rotterdam.

The music has been composed by the young Dutch composer Jan-Peter de Graaff, based on a libretto by Yuri Robbers. The performance is directed by Saskia Bonarius. Film images have been shot and mixed with original 1918 footage by Caroline Keman.

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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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