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the Netherlands

 

 

Events

O schöne Nacht in Valthermond
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

O schöne Nacht in Valthermond

O schöne Nacht -- beautiful night! DAMASK explores the sensual and mysterious possibilities of darkness in our program of Romantic quartets by masters of 19th-century song, including dreams sweet and terrifying, fantastic creatures, ghosts, silent longings and regrets, new-blooming love, homesickness, dancing and stories around the fire.

We perform Brahms’s complete Op. 92 and Op. 112 quartet cycles, featuring some of his most ravishing vocal writing; and we are delighted to present some exquisite, rarely-performed quartets by two of Brahms’s lesser-known contemporaries. Heinrich von Herzogenberg married one of Brahms's piano students and was a tireless advocate for his colleague's work. His Notturnos, Op. 22, are almost unbelievably harmonically rich and expansive, and the first movement of the cycle directly inspired Brahms’s more famous O schöne Nacht. Gustav Jenner, a generation younger and Brahms’s only formal student, wrote captivating quartets of rhetorical grandeur and humor. Together, these gorgeous miniatures, mostly not as well known as they deserve to be, make for a beautiful and satisfying evening of chamber music.

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Masterclasses and Concert at Reims Conservatory
May
19
to May 20

Masterclasses and Concert at Reims Conservatory

  • Conservatory Regional Influence De Reims (map)
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Damask will be running vocal chamber music masterclasses at Reims’ Conservatory of Music on both 19th and 20th May - on both days, the sessions will run from 14.00 - 19.00. The final session will be followed by a performance at 20.00 featuring both Damask and those students who took part in the masterclasses.

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O schöne Nacht @ Opéra de Reims
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

O schöne Nacht @ Opéra de Reims

O schöne Nacht -- beautiful night! DAMASK explores the sensual and mysterious possibilities of darkness in our program of Romantic quartets by masters of 19th-century song, including dreams sweet and terrifying, fantastic creatures, ghosts, silent longings and regrets, new-blooming love, homesickness, dancing and stories around the fire.

We perform Brahms’s complete Op. 92 and Op. 112 quartet cycles, featuring some of his most ravishing vocal writing; and we are delighted to present some exquisite, rarely-performed quartets by two of Brahms’s lesser-known contemporaries. Heinrich von Herzogenberg married one of Brahms's piano students and was a tireless advocate for his colleague's work. His Notturnos, Op. 22, are almost unbelievably harmonically rich and expansive, and the first movement of the cycle directly inspired Brahms’s more famous O schöne Nacht. Gustav Jenner, a generation younger and Brahms’s only formal student, wrote captivating quartets of rhetorical grandeur and humor. Together, these gorgeous miniatures, mostly not as well known as they deserve to be, make for a beautiful and satisfying evening of chamber music.

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Koobiënnale 2019 - Rossini's Petite messe solennelle
Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

Koobiënnale 2019 - Rossini's Petite messe solennelle

Koorbiënnale Festivalkoor
Kathedrale Koor St. Bavo

Béni Csillag, conductor

Nikki Treurniet, sopraan
Marine Fribourg, mezzosopraan
Guy Cutting, tenor
Drew Santini, bariton
Leo van Doeselaar, piano
Wyneke Jordans, piano
Geert Bierlings, harmonium


A note from the conductor…

“For the final concert of the 10th Koorbiënnale, I was looking for something colourful. This is such cheerful music, with a lot of swing. It is a very emotional piece, going from dark to light, and from very fast to very calm, and back. A harmonium is an unusual, but lovely instrument, so fitted to a concert hall. Our performance will begin and end with the St Bavo Choir School joining our own Festival Choir. And we have a nice surprise at the very end of the mass.”

Damask Vocal Quartet, special guests during the 2017 Choral Biennale, help coach the Festival Choir, and perform the soloists roles.

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Koobiënnale 2019 - Quartet Day
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Koobiënnale 2019 - Quartet Day

Singing In An Ensemble: Learn With The Professionals

Damask Vocal Quartet, Mattijs van de Woerd, Jan Willem Baljet (from the Frommermann Ensemble) and vocal coach Tijs Krammer will lead this intensive but enjoyable day focused on ensemble singing. The physical skill of singing, breathing techniques, energy management, focus, and the use of imagination are all elements that will feature in this day of workshops.

For more information and registration, you can send an email to: inschrijven@koorbiennale.nl.

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Come, Daughter
Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

Come, Daughter

Damask presents a powerful program of music appropriate for Passion season. We pair some of the most lovely and profound American melodies from various spiritual traditions--Shaker, Quaker, slave songs--with a modern masterpiece, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion for four singers each playing percussion. This substantial work tells the Hans Christian Andersen story of an innocent girl’s death through the structure of a Bach Passion, with chorale-like sections reflection on her plight, an “Evangelist” narrative style, and a haunting final chorus. This contemplative program, performed without interval, strongly affects audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds and is a worthy counterpart to the more grand and well-known Passion repertoire.

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Come, Daughter
Mar
29
9:00 PM21:00

Come, Daughter

Damask presents a powerful program of music appropriate for Passion season. We pair some of the most lovely and profound American melodies from various spiritual traditions--Shaker, Quaker, slave songs--with a modern masterpiece, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion for four singers each playing percussion. This substantial work tells the Hans Christian Andersen story of an innocent girl’s death through the structure of a Bach Passion, with chorale-like sections reflection on her plight, an “Evangelist” narrative style, and a haunting final chorus. This contemplative program, performed without interval, strongly affects audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds and is a worthy counterpart to the more grand and well-known Passion repertoire.

general:
€20 in advance
€25 at the door

pay-what-you-can:
€15/€10/€5 (presale only)

This concert has several ticketing levels: the normal presale price of €20 plus pay-what-you-can. It's important to us that everyone who would like to hear this concert is able to, so feel free to select the ticket price that matches your needs. This offer is only good on tickets purchased ahead at the link above.

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 Kwartettendag - Koorbiënnale 10
Feb
7
4:00 PM16:00

Kwartettendag - Koorbiënnale 10

Damask will be returning to Haarlem to take part in the Koorbiënnale’s 'Day of Quartets', coaching amateur ensembles throughout the day. The 'Kwartettendag' is an initiative set up by the festival to promote musical interaction between professionals and amateurs. The coaching will focus on vocal technique, stage presentation and musical interpretation.

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O schöne Nacht - CD Release Concert
Dec
7
8:15 PM20:15

O schöne Nacht - CD Release Concert

Please join Damask and Flore Merlin to celebrate the release of our first album, O schöne Nacht. It will be a festive evening of beautiful music—a few familiar Damask favorites, some music that is heard for the first time on the CD, and some that will be new to everyone!

Tickets are €25 and include a drink in the art gallery’s beautiful club bar (usually closed to the public in the evenings!). The Hague has been our home base for nearly five years now, and we look forward to raising a glass with our most loyal friends in celebration of this huge milestone and wrapping you in the warmest possible musical hug.

Seating in the Pulchri Studio is extremely limited (50 chairs) so please book early to avoid disappointment!

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O schöne Nacht - CD Release Concert
Nov
29
8:15 PM20:15

O schöne Nacht - CD Release Concert

O schöne Nacht -- beautiful night! Please join Damask for a celebratory concert presenting our newly recorded CD for 7 Mountain Records. We will perform a program of quartets and piano pieces exploring the sensual and mysterious possibilities of night by masters of 19th-century song, including dreams sweet and terrifying, fantastic creatures, ghosts, silent longings and regrets, new-blooming love, homesickness, dancing and stories around the fire. You can of course buy the CD at the concert and get your copy signed by the artists.

We perform Brahms’s complete Op. 31, 92 and Op. 112 quartet cycles, featuring some of his most ravishing vocal writing; and we are delighted to present some exquisite, rarely-performed quartets by two of Brahms’s lesser-known contemporaries. Heinrich von Herzogenberg married one of Brahms's piano students and was a tireless advocate for his colleague's work. His Notturnos, Op. 22, are almost unbelievably harmonically rich and expansive, and the first movement of the cycle directly inspired Brahms’s more famous O schöne Nacht. Gustav Jenner, a generation younger and Brahms’s only formal student, wrote captivating quartets of rhetorical grandeur and humor. Together, these gorgeous miniatures, mostly not as well known as they deserve to be, make for a beautiful and satisfying evening of chamber music.

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Congrès International des chefs de choeur
Sep
9
9:15 AM09:15

Congrès International des chefs de choeur

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully Conservatory, Paris (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Damask has been asked to present a short program at the International Congress for Choral Conductors in Paris, introducing rarely performed a cappella music from the XXth century. The program consists of works written at the end of World War II by composers who fled Europe for the safety of The United States.

 

PROGRAM

 

Igor STRAVINSKY

Anthem: The Dove Descending Breaks the Air - 1962

 

Ned ROREM

Four Madrigals - 1947

 

Arnold SCHÖNBERG

Extrait de 3 Volkslieder opus 49 - 1948

Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut

 

Darius MILHAUD

Six Sonnets composés au Secret par Jean Cassou - 1946

 

(Encore)

Kurt WEILL (arr. Mattijs van de Woerd)

I’m a stranger here myself - 1943

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O schöne Nacht
Sep
7
9:00 PM21:00

O schöne Nacht

O schöne Nacht -- beautiful night! DAMASK explores the sensual and mysterious possibilities of darkness in our program of Romantic quartets by masters of 19th-century song, including dreams sweet and terrifying, fantastic creatures, ghosts, silent longings and regrets, new-blooming love, homesickness, dancing and stories around the fire.

We perform Brahms’s complete Op. 92 and Op. 112 quartet cycles, featuring some of his most ravishing vocal writing; and we are delighted to present some exquisite, rarely-performed quartets by two of Brahms’s lesser-known contemporaries. Heinrich von Herzogenberg married one of Brahms's piano students and was a tireless advocate for his colleague's work. His Notturnos, Op. 22, are almost unbelievably harmonically rich and expansive, and the first movement of the cycle directly inspired Brahms’s more famous O schöne Nacht. Gustav Jenner, a generation younger and Brahms’s only formal student, wrote captivating quartets of rhetorical grandeur and humor. Together, these gorgeous miniatures, mostly not as well known as they deserve to be, make for a beautiful and satisfying evening of chamber music.

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O schöne Nacht
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

O schöne Nacht

O schöne Nacht -- beautiful night! DAMASK explores the sensual and mysterious possibilities of darkness in our program of Romantic quartets by masters of 19th-century song, including dreams both sweet and terrifying, fantastic creatures, ghosts, silent longings and regrets, new-blooming love, homesickness, dancing and stories around the fire.

 

Attendance to this concert is only possible through email registration

 

Program

 

Johannes BRAHMS

Sechs Quartette op. 112a

Sehnsucht

Nächtens

Himmel strahlt so helle

Rote Rosenknospen

Brennessel steht an Weges Rand

Liebe Schwalbe, kleine Schwalbe

 

Rhapsodie op. 72 N.2 (solo piano)

 

Heinrich VON HERZOGENBERG

Vier Nocturnos op. 22

Wärs dunkel, ich lage im Walde

Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer

Intermezzo: “zwei Musikanten zieh’n daher”

Wie schön hier zu verträumen

 

Gustav JENNER

From Zwölf quartette

Richten will ich Tisch und Gastmahl

Ich gehe des Nachts

Fensterlein, nachts bist du zu

Wenn' s die Bäume könnten klagen

 

Johannes BRAHMS

Vier quartette op. 92

O schöne Nacht

Spätherbst

Abendlied

Warum

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New Love
Mar
3
8:15 PM20:15

New Love

Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer are the most beloved songs for vocal quartet and featured at one of Damask’s earliest concerts. New Love combines these familiar works with other love-songs for the same combination of vocal quartet and four-hand piano, including modern works inspired by the older standards. 

 

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Regular - €18 

Under 30 - €12

Student - €5 

 

PROGRAM

 

Zachary WADSWORTH: Walzer einer neuen Liebe

Geliebter!

Finstere Schatten der Nacht

Der Genesende Spricht

Wie nahm an ihm

Ihr schwarzen Augen

Sturmliebe

Weiche Gräser im Revier

Als der Schenke

Kahnfahrt

Flammenauge, dunkles Haar

Zum Schluß

 

Robert SCHUMANN: Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138

Vorspiel

Tief im Herzen trag' ich Pein

O wie lieblich ist das Mädchen

Bedeckt mich mit Blumen

Flutenreiche Ebro

Intermezzo

Weh, wie zornig ist das Mädchen

Hoch, hoch sind die Berge

Blaue Augen hat das Mädchen

Dunkler Lichtglanz, blinder Blick

 

INTERVAL

 

Ned ROREM: Four Madrigals

Parting

Flowers for the graces

Love

An absent friend

 

Johannes BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52

Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebes. Im Ländler-Tempo

Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut

O die Frauen

Wie des Abends schöne Röthe

Die grüne Hopfenranke

Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel nahm. Grazioso

Wohl schön bewandt

Wenn so lind dein Augen mir

Am Donaustrande

O wie sanft die Quelle

Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen

Schlosser auf, und mache Schlösser

Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft

Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar

Nachtigall, sie singt so schön

Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe

Nicht wandle, mein Licht

Es bebet das Gesträuche

 

Encore

John CORIGLIANO: Liebeslied
 

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O schöne Nacht
Nov
18
8:15 PM20:15

O schöne Nacht

O schöne Nacht -- beautiful night! DAMASK explores the sensual and mysterious possibilities of darkness in our program of Romantic quartets by masters of 19th-century song, including dreams both sweet and terrifying, fantastic creatures, ghosts, silent longings and regrets, new-blooming love, homesickness, dancing and stories around the fire.

 

BUY TICKETS HERE

Regular - €16 in presale / €18 at the door

Under 30 - €12 in presale / €14 at the door

Student - €5 presale / €7 at the door

 

Program

 

Johannes BRAHMS

Sechs Quartette op. 112a

Sehnsucht

Nächtens

Himmel strahlt so helle

Rote Rosenknospen

Brennessel steht an Weges Rand

Liebe Schwalbe, kleine Schwalbe

 

Rhapsodie op. 72 N.2 (solo piano)

 

Heinrich VON HERZOGENBERG

Vier Nocturnos op. 22

Wärs dunkel, ich lage im Walde

Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer

Intermezzo: “zwei Musikanten zieh’n daher”

Wie schön hier zu verträumen

 

Pause

 

Ned ROREM

Four Madrigals

Parting

Flowers for the graces

Love

An absent friend

 

Gustav JENNER

From Zwölf quartette

Richten will ich Tisch und Gastmahl

Ich gehe des Nachts

Fensterlein, nachts bist du zu

Wenn' s die Bäume könnten klagen

 

Johannes BRAHMS

Vier quartette op. 92

O schöne Nacht

Spätherbst

Abendlied

Warum

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Podium Oudewater
Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Podium Oudewater

A concert taking place in three different locations in Oudewater, featuring Flore Merlin, pianist. 

 

Program

 

1) Catholic Church (a cappella)

 

Olivier MESSIAEN                  

O sacrum convivium

 

Igor STRAVINSKY

Anthem: The Dove Descending

 

SPIRITUALS

My Lord, what a morning

Were you there

All my trials

God’s gonna set this world on fire

 

2) On the Markt

Kurt WEILL - arr. Mattijs van de Woerd

I’m a Stranger Here Myself

Mackie Messer

 

Ned ROREM

Four Madrigals 

Parting

Flowers for the graces

Love

An absent friend

 

Stephen FOSTER - arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

Beautiful Dreamer

Old Folks at Home

 

Joseph KOSMA - arr. Ryan O'Connell

Autumn leaves

 

 

3) Hervormde Kerk (with piano)

 

Heinrich VON HERZOGENBERG

From 4 Notturnos opus 22

II. Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer

IV. Wie schön hier zu verträumen

 

Johannes BRAHMS

Vier quartette opus 92

O schöne Nacht

Spätherbst

Abendlied

Warum

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Romancero
Oct
14
8:15 PM20:15

Romancero

Romancero, a program in three parts, presents evocative, infrequently-performed music inspired by Spain’s people and poetry. As part of the program, Damask is thrilled to present a newly-commissioned work for quartet, guitar, and piano by young Spanish composer Federico Mosquera, a dramatic piece tailored to the beauty and individualism of Damask’s sound.

 

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Regular - €16 in presale / €18 at the door

Under 30 - €12 in presale / €14 at the door

Student - €5 presale / €7 at the door

 

PROGRAM

 

Robert SCHUMANN

 Zigeunerleben

 

Robert SCHUMANN

Spanisches Liederspiel, op. 74

Erste Begegnung

Intermezzo

Liebesgram

In der Nacht

Est ist verraten

Melancholie

Geständnis

Botschaft

Ich bin geliebt

 

Tapas/Drinks Pause

 

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO

Fantasia op. 145 (guitar & piano)

 

Federico MOSQUERA

NEW Commission - 'Cargamento de Sueños'

 

Tapas/Drinks Pause

 

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO

Romancero Gitano

Balladilla de los tres ríos

La guitarra

Puñal

Procesíon

Memento

Baile

Crótalo

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Romancero
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Romancero

Romancero, a program in three parts, presents evocative, infrequently-performed music inspired by Spain’s people and poetry. As part of the program, Damask is thrilled to present a newly-commissioned work for quartet, guitar, and piano by young Spanish composer Federico Mosquera, a dramatic piece tailored to the beauty and individualism of Damask’s sound.

 

BUY TICKETS HERE

Regular - €16 in presale / €18 at the door

CJP/Splendor members - €14 at the door

 

PROGRAM

 

Robert SCHUMANN

 Zigeunerleben

 

Robert SCHUMANN

Spanisches Liederspiel, op. 74

Erste Begegnung

Intermezzo

Liebesgram

In der Nacht

Est ist verraten

Melancholie

Geständnis

Botschaft

Ich bin geliebt

 

Tapas/Drinks Pause

 

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO

Fantasia op. 145 (guitar & piano)

 

Federico MOSQUERA

NEW Commission - 'Cargamento de Sueños'

 

Tapas/Drinks Pause

 

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO

Romancero Gitano

Balladilla de los tres ríos

La guitarra

Puñal

Procesíon

Memento

Baile

Crótalo

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DAMASK at DNO
Oct
10
12:15 PM12:15

DAMASK at DNO

Damask present a pocket-sized version of their 'O schöne Nacht' program for this performance at the Dutch National Opera, featuring Flore Merlin as pianist.

FREE ENTRANCE

 

Program

 

Johannes BRAHMS

Sechs Quartette op. 112a

Sehnsucht

Nächtens

 

Heinrich VON HERZOGENBERG

Extracts from Vier Nocturnos op. 22

Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer 

Wie schön hier zu verträumen

 

Johannes BRAHMS

Vier quartette opus 92

O schöne Nacht

Spätherbst

Abendlied

Warum

 

Robert SCHUMANN

Zigeunerleben

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3TREES
Oct
8
4:00 PM16:00

3TREES

Damask is excited to be performing at  3TREES - A bright, new and lively meeting point in the centre of The Hague for ceramicists and art enthusiasts. Our refreshments for this performance will be provided by Vino Vero, the organic wine specialist located in 3TREES LOUNGE.

 

Program

 

Kurt WEILL - arr. Mattijs van de Woerd

Mackie Messer

La Complainte de la Seine

I’m a Stranger

 

Ned ROREM

Four Madrigals

Parting

Flowers for the graces

Love

An absent friend

 

Kaija SAARIAHO

Extract from ‘From the Grammar of Dreams

III. The Claw of the Magnolia

IV. I thought I would swim out

 

SPIRITUALS

All my trials

God’s gonna set this world on fire

 

 Break for Refreshments

 

SPIRITUALS

My Lord, what a morning

 

Igor STRAVINSKY

Anthem: The Dove Descending

 

Stephen FOSTER

Old Folks at Home  (arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw)

Beautiful Dreamer (arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw)

Jeanie with the light brown hair (arr. Doug McConnell)

 

Night and day (arr. Jay Althouse)

I got rhythm (arr. Jay Althouse)

Autumn leaves (Joseph Kosma - arr. Ryan O'Connell)

 

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Rede en Romantiek
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

Rede en Romantiek

Reason and Rebellion

A musical adventure in the City Archive

The beautiful rooms of Amsterdam's Stadsarchief make the perfect setting for this special evening of music, interviews and stories. Get the chance to explore this distinctive building with its wonderful architecture, atmosphere and music! After the performances, host Mattijs van de Woerd welcomes everyone to the wine bar where refreshments will be served.

 

Schatkamer - The atmospheric 'Treasure Room' - Damask Quartet's A capella adventure.

Koningzaal - The Erard Ensemble - Beethoven's virtuosic String Trio in G, Op. 9 from 1799.

Centrale Hal - Refreshments, interviews and short musical interludes - Presented by Mattijs van de Woerd

 

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PROGRAM

 

Joseph KOSMA - arr. Ryan O'CONNELL

Les feuilles mortes

 

SPIRITUALS

My Lord, what a morning

Were you there

All my trials

 

Kaija SAARIAHO

Extract from ‘From the Grammar of Dreams’

III. The Claw of the Magnolia

IV. I thought I would swim out

 

Ned ROREM

Four Madrigals

Parting

Flowers for the graces

Love

An absent friend

 

Joseph KOSMA - arr. Ryan O'CONNELL

Autumn leaves

 

Kurt WEILL - arr. Mattijs VAN DE WOERD

Mackie Messer

La Complainte de la Seine

I’m a Stranger

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Heavenly Hour - Koorbiënnale 9
Jul
8
6:00 PM18:00

Heavenly Hour - Koorbiënnale 9

 

Inspired by the Anglican service of 'Evensong', this programme of timeless songs encompasses themes of love, freedom and hope, and provides an escape from the stresses and tensions of everyday life. During the performance, the audience will be taken on a tour of the cathedral, discovering the Bavokerk in a new way.

 

Ticket Reservations - http://koorbiennale.nl/programma/37/hemels-uurtje-damask-vocal-quartet

 

PROGRAM

 

Arnold SCHONBERG

Kanon: Wenn der schwer Gedrückte klagt

 

Joseph Kosma - arr. Ryan O'CONNELL

Les feuilles mortes

 

Darius MILHAUD

Six Sonnets Composés au Secret par Jean Cassou

La barque funéraire

Mort à toute fortune

A peine si le cœur vous a considérées

Bois cette tasse de ténèbres et puis dors

Rose d’Alexandrie

Quel est ton nom ?

 

Kaija SAARIAHO

Extract from From the Grammar of Dreams

The Claw of the Magnolia

 

Ned ROREM

Four Madrigals

Parting

Flowers for the graces

Love

An absent friend

 

American Spirituals - arr. Palle JEFFERSON

My Lord, what a morning

American Spiritual - arr. Katharine DAIN

Were you there

American Spiritual - arr. Norman LUBOFF

All My Trials

American Spiritual - arr. Moses HOGAN

God's gonna set this world on fire

 

Kurt Weill - arr. Mattijs VAN DE WOERD

Die Moritat von Mackie Messer

La Complainte de la Seine

I’m a Stranger Here Myself

 

Joseph Kosma - arr. Ryan O'CONNELL

Autumn leaves
 

 

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