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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.