Homage to Theo Smit Sibinga (1899-1958)

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After Smit Sibinga’s death, Everard van Royen, director of the Amsterdam Music Lyceum, praised him as a sensitive and skillful composer and “the beauty of the ancient civilization of the Indonesian archipelago which had influenced him during his twenty years in the tropics.
Now, 60 years after his death, a concert at Rode Hoed on November 24th will present some of his chamber music works…   

Theodore Henri Smit Sibinga was born in Bandung and still a toddler when his family returned to the Netherlands. After high school, he started cello lessons with Bertrand Drilsma and Marix Loevensohn, and later with Gérard Hekking, the principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Already at the age of seven, Theo wrote his first compositions. He relished his lessons in instrumentation theory with the composer Cornelis Dopper. With a teaching diploma from the Nederlandsch Muziekpedagogisch Verbond, he returned to the Dutch East Indies in 1921, against his father’s wishes. Already after two years, he had to give up a promising career as a cellist because of a tumor on his left hand. The operation had failed. Nevertheless, he performed once in a while, even Rachmaninov’s notoriously difficult sonata in g minor. In the daily De Preangerbode of May 13, 1932: “an extraordinarily talented cellist, rewarded by a thunderous applause. That certainly wasn’t the practice of an amateur!”…

Read more about Theo Smit Sibinga at Forbidden Music Regained

Program:
Strijkkwartet nr. 1 in C (1933)
Piano Sonatine (1934)
‘Grootmoeders Rust’ voor sopraan en piano (1948)
Suite voor fluit & Piano (1952)
‘Trois images’ voor fluit & harp (1954)
‘Enfants-Poètes’ Liederen voor mezzo sopraan & piano (1955)
‘Los Borrachos voor cello en piano (1952)

Performers:
Robin Veldman & Myrthe Greuter, viola
Cleo van Aanhold, viola
Dieuwke Smit Sibinga, cello
Henry Kelder, piano
Elsbeth Gerritsen, mezzo-soprano
Pauline Lotichius, flute
Alexandre Bonnet, harp
Mirjam van Hengel, presentation

More info about the concert and tickets

“We zijn ongelooflijk trots dat wij onze bijzondere (over) grootvader na zestig jaar met dit prachtige concert mogen herdenken.” (Antoinette Collignon – Smit Sibinga)