Jesse Passenier: Bass Trombone Concerto on tour with the NSO

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Jesse Passenier’s new work, a Concerto for bass trombone and orchestra, will be performed by the Dutch National Student Orchestra (NSO) in ten cities. The soloist will be Rommert Groenhof…   

The Dutch National Student Orchestra (NSO) is a young and national project orchestra founded in 1952. Every year the orchestra is put together with talented students who are involved in classical music alongside their studies at a college or university. In February the selected students stop their studies for a month to fully devote themselves to the music: after an intensive rehearsal period, the orchestra goes on a large continuous international tour through the Netherlands and abroad. During the tour, ten large Dutch concert stages and some foreign venues are traditionally visited. Every year the program consists of a combination of a challenging “main piece” and a collaboration with young Dutch soloists and composers who change every year under the baton of a renowned conductor.

The Netherlands Student Orchestra (NSO) celebrates its seventieth anniversary in February 2022 in the most beautiful concert halls of the Netherlands! After an edition adjusted to corona in 2021, where all concerts were given in the same hall, they can go on tour again this year. The orchestra consists of more than a hundred talented students from all over the country. NSO concerts are known for their professional quality and for the sparkling atmosphere that the students convey.

Every year students from all over the country try to get a place in the orchestra. Full of enthusiasm, they take the entire month of February off from their studies to fully focus on their shared passion: making music together. After ten intensive days of rehearsal, the orchestra travels through the Netherlands and abroad to show what they have worked so hard for. The very last concert of the tour will be given in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.


This year the NSO is conducted by the enthusiastic Arjan Tien. The program that will be performed is very challenging for the orchestra. The concert starts with the festive Academic Festoverture composed by Johannes Brahms. This is followed by a concert for bass trombone and orchestra, with Rommert Groenhof as soloist. This piece was composed especially for the orchestra by the young composer Jesse Passenier. After the break, the evening will end with the grand finale of the night: Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss, a symphonic poem that the composer dedicated to the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1898.


NSO 2022 is entirely devoted to the theme ‘Revive’. This theme was chosen because NSO is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. In honor of this anniversary, the Academic Festoverture by Johannes Brahms will be performed – a piece that was also played during the first edition of the NSO, and will be revived again this year. In addition, this theme also refers to the fact that the usual NSO structure will be revived this year. In 2021 it was not possible to go on tour due to the coronavirus. That is why eight concerts were given in one hall during this NSO edition. Now, a year later, they can once again show their masterly sounds in ten different concert halls at home and abroad:

Sunday, Febr. 6 –  Someren, De Ruchte
Monday, Febr. 7 – Rotterdam, De Doelen
Tuesday, Febr. 8 –  Leiden, De Stadsgehoorzaal
Wednesday, Febr. 9 –  Hengelo, Schouwburg
Sunday, Febr. 13 – Nijmegen, Concertgebouw de Vereeniging
Monday, Febr. 14 – Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw
Tuesday, Febr. 15 – Groningen, De Oosterpoort
Wednesday, Febr. 16 – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg
Saturday, Febr. 19 – Den Haag, Amare
Monday, Febr. 21 – Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw

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