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Wed 19.05.21 20:00

Baiba Skride & Korngold / Joseph Haydn

The Belgian National Orchestra has acquired a special place in the cultural world. In the choice of its programmes, the emphasis is placed on prestigious and innovative works, but also on the discovery of lesser-known scores. In doing so, the Belgian National Orchestra maintains a fascinating dialog
Mon 24.05.21 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition - Piano

Final The competition, named after the queen who had a (very) big heart for the arts, has since its creation in the 1930s become one of the most prestigious references for up-and-coming musical talent. The Queen Elisabeth Competition is not only a touchstone for ambitious young musicians (who want t
Tue 25.05.21 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition - Piano

Final The competition, named after the queen who had a (very) big heart for the arts, has since its creation in the 1930s become one of the most prestigious references for up-and-coming musical talent. The Queen Elisabeth Competition is not only a touchstone for ambitious young musicians (who want t
Wed 26.05.21 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition - Piano

Final The competition, named after the queen who had a (very) big heart for the arts, has since its creation in the 1930s become one of the most prestigious references for up-and-coming musical talent. The Queen Elisabeth Competition is not only a touchstone for ambitious young musicians (who want t
Thu 27.05.21 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition - Piano

Final The competition, named after the queen who had a (very) big heart for the arts, has since its creation in the 1930s become one of the most prestigious references for up-and-coming musical talent. The Queen Elisabeth Competition is not only a touchstone for ambitious young musicians (who want t
Fri 28.05.21 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition - Piano

Final The competition, named after the queen who had a (very) big heart for the arts, has since its creation in the 1930s become one of the most prestigious references for up-and-coming musical talent. The Queen Elisabeth Competition is not only a touchstone for ambitious young musicians (who want t
Sat 29.05.21 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition - Piano

Final The competition, named after the queen who had a (very) big heart for the arts, has since its creation in the 1930s become one of the most prestigious references for up-and-coming musical talent. The Queen Elisabeth Competition is not only a touchstone for ambitious young musicians (who want t
Fri 11.06.21 20:00

Miloš Karadaglić & Concierto De Aranjuez

Spanish and Russian fire The Tartar-Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s modernism was not appreciated in the Soviet Union. She was only allowed to compose music for documentaries, animated films and radio programmes. Her composition Fairytale Poem started as accompanying music to a radio broadcast
Fri 11.06.21 20:00

Christian Tetzlaff & Beethoven / Mahler 4

A sky full of violins Four soft tympani beats open Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto. According to some, the recurring tympani motif in the first movement reflects the euphoric mood that prevailed during the French Revolution. Great change was imminent and anything seemed possible. The premiere of Be
Fri 18.06.21 20:00

Fête de la Musique

Ryan McAdams , conductor Solenne Païdassi , violon *One of the first 3 laureates QEIMC - Cello & Victor Julien Laferrière
Sat 19.06.21 20:00

Fête de la Musique

Ryan McAdams , conductor Solenne Païdassi , violon *One of the first 3 laureates QEIMC - Cello & Victor Julien Laferrière
Mon 21.06.21 20:00

Fête de la Musique

Ryan McAdams , conductor Solenne Païdassi , violon *One of the first 3 laureates QEIMC - Cello & Victor Julien Laferrière
Tue 22.06.21 13:00

Emelyanychev & Schumann 4 / Lisiecki & Mendelssohn

Robert and Felix Lord Byron’s Manfred is, alongside Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, one of the best-known horror stories of the 19th century. Exorcisms, medieval castles in inhospitable mountain landscapes and a Faustian protagonist who curses both heaven and hell as he dies are all at the heart of thi
Fri 10.09.21 20:00

Sergey Khachatryan & Max Bruch / Brahms 2

RICH AND SEDUCTIVE The Belgian National Orchestra is opening its season with the Belgian premiere of These Premises are Alarmed . The British composer Thomas Adès (whose opera Powder Her Face was performed at la Monnaie/de Munt) wrote this work in 1996 for the inauguration of the Bridgewater Hall in
Fri 24.09.21 20:00

Simon Diricq & Ibert

SYMPHONIC COMEDY The Concertino da camera by the French composer Jacques Ibert is a 12-minute work for alto saxophone and ensemble. A technically challenging first movement is followed by a second movement in two parts: after a lyrical passage with a blues vibe, a virtuosic cadenza closes the Concer
Fri 01.10.21 20:00

Kopatchinskaja & Mendelssohn / Beethoven 6

NATURE AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION With the suite Le Tombeau de Couperin , composed for solo piano, Maurice Ravel commemorated some of his friends who lost their lives during the First World War. He later arranged four of the six movements for orchestra. With Le Tombeau de Couperin , Ravel also paid
Sat 02.10.21 20:00

Kopatchinskaja & Mendelssohn / Beethoven 6

NATURE AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION With the suite Le Tombeau de Couperin , composed for solo piano, Maurice Ravel commemorated some of his friends who lost their lives during the First World War. He later arranged four of the six movements for orchestra. With Le Tombeau de Couperin , Ravel also paid
Sun 03.10.21 15:00

Kopatchinskaja & Mendelssohn / Beethoven 6

NATURE AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION With the suite Le Tombeau de Couperin , composed for solo piano, Maurice Ravel commemorated some of his friends who lost their lives during the First World War. He later arranged four of the six movements for orchestra. With Le Tombeau de Couperin , Ravel also paid
Fri 22.10.21 20:00

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

FAREWELL TO THE WORLD No other composer has wished the world farewell so eloquently, so poignantly and so frequently as Gustav Mahler. Time and again death returns in his work: at times soft and reassuring, and at times angry and violent. Das Lied von der Erde , composed during an extremely difficul
Sat 23.10.21 19:00

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

FAREWELL TO THE WORLD No other composer has wished the world farewell so eloquently, so poignantly and so frequently as Gustav Mahler. Time and again death returns in his work: at times soft and reassuring, and at times angry and violent. Das Lied von der Erde , composed during an extremely difficul
Sun 24.10.21 15:00

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

FAREWELL TO THE WORLD No other composer has wished the world farewell so eloquently, so poignantly and so frequently as Gustav Mahler. Time and again death returns in his work: at times soft and reassuring, and at times angry and violent. Das Lied von der Erde , composed during an extremely difficul
Thu 04.11.21 20:00

Jean-Yves Thibaudet & Liszt 2 / Scheherazade

AN EASTERN FAIRYTALE WORLD The first drafts of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 date back to the time when he was travelling across Europe as a piano virtuoso. He completed the score in Weimar, where he was appointed Kapellmeister in 1842, and then revised it four times before he finally allowed it to b
Fri 05.11.21 20:00

Jean-Yves Thibaudet & Liszt 2 / Scheherazade

AN EASTERN FAIRYTALE WORLD The first drafts of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 date back to the time when he was travelling across Europe as a piano virtuoso. He completed the score in Weimar, where he was appointed Kapellmeister in 1842, and then revised it four times before he finally allowed it to b
Sat 06.11.21 20:00

Jean-Yves Thibaudet & Liszt 2 / Scheherazade

AN EASTERN FAIRYTALE WORLD The first drafts of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 date back to the time when he was travelling across Europe as a piano virtuoso. He completed the score in Weimar, where he was appointed Kapellmeister in 1842, and then revised it four times before he finally allowed it to b
Sat 13.11.21 19:00

Mozart Great Mass in C minor

MOZART’S DIVINE VOICE Mozart composed no fewer than 18 masses. The vast majority of these religious works were composed before 1781, when he was in the service of the Salzburg archbishops. After he was dismissed from the archbishop’s court, Mozart established himself as a freelance composer in Vienn
Sun 14.11.21 15:00

Mozart Great Mass in C minor

MOZART’S DIVINE VOICE Mozart composed no fewer than 18 masses. The vast majority of these religious works were composed before 1781, when he was in the service of the Salzburg archbishops. After he was dismissed from the archbishop’s court, Mozart established himself as a freelance composer in Vienn
Fri 26.11.21 20:00

Lise de la Salle & Prokofiev

ARTISTIC FREEDOM Out of the five piano concertos written by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, the third is the best known. This work in three movements is particularly virtuosic and bursting with vitality. Lyrical passages are humorously embellished with an abundance of dissonants. Prokofiev fi
Sun 05.12.21 15:00

Alisa Weilerstein & Prokofiev

PROKOFIEV'S SINFONIA CONCERTANTE Jacqueline Fontyn is the Grande Dame of Belgian composers. Her works exude freedom, non-conformity and a cosmopolitan world view. Ein (kleiner) Winternachtstraum is a work she composed in 2002 for the Dresden Philharmonic. It was as a young professor at the Moscow Co
Fri 10.12.21 20:00

Hartmut Haenchen & Bruckner / Brahms

SINGLE BUT HAPPY Since 2018 the Belgian National Orchestra has been working on a Bruckner-Brahms cycle with star conductor Hartmut Haenchen. Brahms and Bruckner were contemporary, both lived in Vienna and both concentrated on writing absolute music. Unintentionally they became mutual adversaries: Br
Sat 11.12.21 20:00

Hartmut Haenchen & Bruckner / Brahms

SINGLE BUT HAPPY Since 2018 the Belgian National Orchestra has been working on a Bruckner-Brahms cycle with star conductor Hartmut Haenchen. Brahms and Bruckner were contemporary, both lived in Vienna and both concentrated on writing absolute music. Unintentionally they became mutual adversaries: Br
Wed 22.12.21 18:00

A Christmas Family Concert

CHRISTMAS WITH MOZART Every year, just before the Christmas holidays, BOZAR and the Belgian National Orchestra put on a heart-warming family show. This year, the French collective Les Clés de l’écoute , specialised in youth performances, will be presenting the compelling story of a bird gradually wi
Thu 23.12.21 18:00

A Christmas Family Concert

CHRISTMAS WITH MOZART Every year, just before the Christmas holidays, BOZAR and the Belgian National Orchestra put on a heart-warming family show. This year, the French collective Les Clés de l’écoute , specialised in youth performances, will be presenting the compelling story of a bird gradually wi
Thu 06.01.22 20:00

A Jazzy New year

THE ROARING TWENTIES The American sociologist Nicholas Christakis recently predicted a new ‘roaring twenties’ that may be just around the corner. Just like 100 years ago, when the end of the First World War and eradication of Spanish flu brought an enormous sense of joy and relief, the defeat of COV
Fri 07.01.22 20:00

A Jazzy New year

THE ROARING TWENTIES The American sociologist Nicholas Christakis recently predicted a new ‘roaring twenties’ that may be just around the corner. Just like 100 years ago, when the end of the First World War and eradication of Spanish flu brought an enormous sense of joy and relief, the defeat of COV
Sat 08.01.22 20:00

A Jazzy New year

THE ROARING TWENTIES The American sociologist Nicholas Christakis recently predicted a new ‘roaring twenties’ that may be just around the corner. Just like 100 years ago, when the end of the First World War and eradication of Spanish flu brought an enormous sense of joy and relief, the defeat of COV
Sun 09.01.22 15:00

A Jazzy New year

THE ROARING TWENTIES The American sociologist Nicholas Christakis recently predicted a new ‘roaring twenties’ that may be just around the corner. Just like 100 years ago, when the end of the First World War and eradication of Spanish flu brought an enormous sense of joy and relief, the defeat of COV
Fri 14.01.22 11:00

Hugh Wolff & Prokofiev Revisited

FAMILY CONCERT Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most multifaceted Russian composers. As well as symphonies, operas and concertos (for violin, piano and cello) he wrote film and ballet scores. Perhaps his bestknown work is the musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf . However, it is impossible to separate
Fri 14.01.22 13:30

Hugh Wolff & Prokofiev Revisited

FAMILY CONCERT Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most multifaceted Russian composers. As well as symphonies, operas and concertos (for violin, piano and cello) he wrote film and ballet scores. Perhaps his bestknown work is the musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf . However, it is impossible to separate
Sat 15.01.22 11:00

Hugh Wolff & Prokofiev Revisited

FAMILY CONCERT Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most multifaceted Russian composers. As well as symphonies, operas and concertos (for violin, piano and cello) he wrote film and ballet scores. Perhaps his bestknown work is the musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf . However, it is impossible to separate
Sat 15.01.22 14:00

Hugh Wolff & Prokofiev Revisited

FAMILY CONCERT Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most multifaceted Russian composers. As well as symphonies, operas and concertos (for violin, piano and cello) he wrote film and ballet scores. Perhaps his bestknown work is the musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf . However, it is impossible to separate
Sun 16.01.22 15:00

A Jazzy New year

THE ROARING TWENTIES The American sociologist Nicholas Christakis recently predicted a new ‘roaring twenties’ that may be just around the corner. Just like 100 years ago, when the end of the First World War and eradication of Spanish flu brought an enormous sense of joy and relief, the defeat of COV
Sat 22.01.22 20:00

Kirill Gerstein & Thomas Adès

THE CIRCLES OF HELL AND HEAVENLY BODIES Thomas Adès is composer in residence with the Belgian National Orchestra, and for this concert he will be conducting two of his own compositions. The first work to be performed is a suite with the highlights from Inferno , the first segment of a three-part bal
Fri 28.01.22 20:00

Hilary Hahn & Sibelius

FINNISH SAGAS AND POLISH FOLK MUSIC The Concert Overture , written by the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski in 1904/05, was his first true symphonic composition. The work is deeply influenced by the symphonic poems of Richard Strauss. The enormous expressivity, richness of sound and originality in t
Sun 30.01.22 15:00

Hilary Hahn & Sibelius

FINNISH SAGAS AND POLISH FOLK MUSIC The Concert Overture , written by the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski in 1904/05, was his first true symphonic composition. The work is deeply influenced by the symphonic poems of Richard Strauss. The enormous expressivity, richness of sound and originality in t