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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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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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