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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 FOLK MUSIC The American star violinist Hilary Hahn is the Belgian National Orchestra’s guest. The programme features the Violin Concerto by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Obsessed by Finnish sagas, lakes and forests, Sibelius combines a late romantic style with a modern Nordic
Sun 30.01.22 15:00

Hilary Hahn & Sibelius

FINNISH SAGAS AND FOLK MUSIC The American star violinist Hilary Hahn is the Belgian National Orchestra’s guest. The programme features the Violin Concerto by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Obsessed by Finnish sagas, lakes and forests, Sibelius combines a late romantic style with a modern Nordic
Sat 05.02.22 20:00

Julien Libeer & Reynaldo Hahn - Marcel Proust Tribute Concert

Music plays an important role in Marcel Proust’s work. Whereas in the first part of his magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time , the narrator’s memory is awakened by a little madeleine cake, the main character Charles Swann is triggered in the same way by a sonata composed by a certain Vinteuil. For de
Sun 06.02.22 15:00

Julien Libeer & Reynaldo Hahn - Marcel Proust Tribute Concert

Music plays an important role in Marcel Proust’s work. Whereas in the first part of his magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time , the narrator’s memory is awakened by a little madeleine cake, the main character Charles Swann is triggered in the same way by a sonata composed by a certain Vinteuil. For de
Thu 10.02.22 20:00

Roberto Alagna & Aleksandra Kurzak - Glamorous Opera Evening

Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak met when they were lead performers in a production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Royal Opera House in London. Several years later, while they were performing the same piece at the Opéra de Paris, they got married. Today they form a glamorous opera couple
Mon 14.02.22 20:30

Roberto Alagna & Aleksandra Kurzak - Glamorous Opera Evening

Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak met when they were lead performers in a production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Royal Opera House in London. Several years later, while they were performing the same piece at the Opéra de Paris, they got married. Today they form a glamorous opera couple
Sun 20.02.22 15:00

Boris Berezovsky & Khachaturian - Russian Magic

A very special kind of magic is present in many Russian songs and stories. The American composer Sean Shepherd pays tribute to this in his work Magiya , composed in 2013 for the American National Youth Orchestra that toured with Valery Gergiev. Aram Khachaturian is, along with Shostakovich and Proko
Thu 24.02.22 20:00

Shostakovich Festival - Trio Wanderer & Ekaterina Semenchuk

With their technical mastery and astonishing musicality, the Trio Wanderer, consisting of three French musicians, are one of the most distinguished chamber music ensembles. During the Shostakovich festival, they will be focusing on the Russian composer’s three piano trios. Shostakovich was only 17 w
Fri 25.02.22 18:30

Shostakovich Festival - Conférence de Ruben Goriely

De la révolte politique à la révolution musicale : comprendre Shostakovich aujourd’hui Ruben Goriely (UCL) - Conférence en français Le contraste entre le Concerto pour piano, trompette et orchestre à cordes , et la Symphonie no. 13 permet d’approcher la musique de Shostakovich dans toute sa complexi
Fri 25.02.22 20:00

Shostakovich Festival - Lucas Debargue

Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings is a particularly cheerful and humorous composition, written in 1933 when the composer was 27 years old and had not yet clashed with the Soviet regime. The double concerto has four movements, quotes from a wide range of music (his own compositio
Sat 26.02.22 20:00

Shostakovich Festival - OPRL, Vassily Sinaisky & Evgeny Nikitin

The Shostakovich Festival also includes a concert by our colleagues from Liege: the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. They start with the Katerina Ismailova Suite , a collection of four actes from Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsenk District . This brutalist-expressionist work tel
Sun 27.02.22 11:00

Shostakovich Festival - Young Belgian Strings

The Young Belgian Strings bring together 21 talented young people drawn from different string instrument classes from all the conservatories and music colleges of Belgium. The purpose of the string orchestra is to give those musicians the opportunity to meet each other, exchange experiences, improve
Sun 27.02.22 14:00

Shostakovich Festival - Lezing Francis Maes

Komt Dmitri Shostakovich dichterbij? Prof. dr. Francis Maes (UGent) - Lezing in het Nederlands Dmitri Shostakovich is op korte tijd uitgegroeid tot de meest gespeelde componist van de twintigste eeuw. Het mysterie rond zijn persoon en zijn status als sovjetcomponist droegen bij tot dit merkwaardige
Sun 27.02.22 15:00

Shostakovich Festival - Truls Mørk

Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 , one of the most challenging pieces in the cello repertoire. Shostakovich composed this work in 1959, stimulated by Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante . The famed Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich played both works in premi
Sun 27.02.22 20:00

Shostakovich Festival - Igor Levit

No other musician reached as many people during the COVID crisis as the Russian-born pianist Igor Levit. He gave a living-room concert every evening from Berlin, watched by tens of thousands of people around the world. That’s not to say that the choice of music he played was obvious: Igor Levit alte
Mon 14.03.22 20:00

Gala Concert La Chapelle - Brahms & Dvořák

Brahms’ Double Concerto demands not one but two brilliant soloists. The violinist and cellist have to be very well matched. With this work, his last great orchestral piece, Brahms sought reconciliation with Joseph Joachim, the violinist for whom he had written his famous violin concerto. Brahms had
© Dennis Peschke, Benjamien Lycke, Mien Bogaert
Fri 18.03.22 20:00

Peer Gynt - Alfred Schnittke’s Ballet staged in Bozar

Not only Edvard Grieg was inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt , but also the Soviet-German composer Alfred Schnittke. At the request of the choreographer John Neumeier he composed a grand ballet in 1986-1988 about Peer Gynt, the Norwegian farmer’s son who tried to escape reality through his li
Fri 25.03.22 20:00

Branford Marsalis - Tribute to the American Symphonic Repertoire

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis is a master of the saxophone. He played with Sting and Miles Davis, founded the group Buckshot LeFonque and was the bandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno . In recent years his attention has been focused on classical music, and he has performed regularly with top
Thu 31.03.22 20:15

Véronique Gens & Mahler Rückert-Lieder

Mozart composed his Symphony No. 34 at the age of 24 in Salzburg. It would be the last symphony he would compose on commission of the Salzburg archbishops. Afterwards, he established himself as an independent artist in Vienna. Symphony No. 24 , composed in C major with major roles for tympani and tr
Fri 01.04.22 20:00

Véronique Gens & Mahler Rückert-Lieder

Mozart composed his Symphony No. 34 at the age of 24 in Salzburg. It would be the last symphony he would compose on commission of the Salzburg archbishops. Afterwards, he established himself as an independent artist in Vienna. Symphony No. 24 , composed in C major with major roles for tympani and tr
Fri 22.04.22 20:00

Gil Shaham & Saint-Saëns 3/ Mozart 41

The French Baroque composer François Couperin left behind four evocative volumes of harpsichord music. Inspired by this music Thomas Adès selected in 2006 a number of short pieces and used them as basis for a new three-part orchestral composition. Couperin’s music is characterised by its many repeti
Sun 24.04.22 15:00

Gil Shaham & Saint-Saëns 3/ Mozart 41

The French Baroque composer François Couperin left behind four evocative volumes of harpsichord music. Inspired by this music Thomas Adès selected in 2006 a number of short pieces and used them as basis for a new three-part orchestral composition. Couperin’s music is characterised by its many repeti
Sun 01.05.22 17:00

Jonathan Fournel & Brahms 2/ Beethoven 5

Jonathan Fournel was the revelation of 2021’s Queen Elisabeth piano competition: with a sublime interpretation of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 the French pianist won the first prize and both audience prizes (the Canvas-Klara prize and the Prix Musiq3). However, due to the health crisis, only the jur
Fri 06.05.22 20:00

Timothy Chooi & Prokofiev 1/ Debussy

In her composition Laterna Magica , the celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho plays with various tempos, each exposing different parameters. Fast tempos emphasise rhythmic continuity, while slow tempos focus the attention on specific timbres. The symbol of this process is the laterna magica: a
Sun 08.05.22 15:00

Timothy Chooi & Prokofiev 1/ Debussy

In her composition Laterna Magica , the celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho plays with various tempos, each exposing different parameters. Fast tempos emphasise rhythmic continuity, while slow tempos focus the attention on specific timbres. The symbol of this process is the laterna magica: a
Thu 19.05.22 20:00

Martin Grubinger & Dorman/ Rachmaninoff

Austrian Martin Grubinger is one of the most famous percussionists in the world. Many classical composers have composed for him. He’s also a major name beyond the classical world: in 2015, for example, he performed with his international ensemble, The Percussive Planet , in the intermission of the E
Fri 20.05.22 20:00

Martin Grubinger & Dorman/ Rachmaninoff

Austrian Martin Grubinger is one of the most famous percussionists in the world. Many classical composers have composed for him. He’s also a major name beyond the classical world: in 2015, for example, he performed with his international ensemble, The Percussive Planet , in the intermission of the E
Sun 22.05.22 20:00

Martin Grubinger & Dorman/ Rachmaninoff

Austrian Martin Grubinger is one of the most famous percussionists in the world. Many classical composers have composed for him. He’s also a major name beyond the classical world: in 2015, for example, he performed with his international ensemble, The Percussive Planet , in the intermission of the E
Mon 23.05.22 20:00

Martin Grubinger & Dorman/ Rachmaninoff

Austrian Martin Grubinger is one of the most famous percussionists in the world. Many classical composers have composed for him. He’s also a major name beyond the classical world: in 2015, for example, he performed with his international ensemble, The Percussive Planet , in the intermission of the E
Fri 10.06.22 20:30

Víkingur Ólafsson & Mozart 21 / Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Thomas Adès composed In 2010 a 15-minute-long piece entitled Polaris: Voyage for Orchestra . In the same way that all the other stars appear to rotate around the Pole Star, Thomas Adès has all the instruments rotate around the same melody, introduced one by one from high to low. After a few minutes,
Sat 11.06.22 20:00

Víkingur Ólafsson & Mozart 21 / Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Thomas Adès composed In 2010 a 15-minute-long piece entitled Polaris: Voyage for Orchestra . In the same way that all the other stars appear to rotate around the Pole Star, Thomas Adès has all the instruments rotate around the same melody, introduced one by one from high to low. After a few minutes,
Thu 16.06.22 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate Concert - Cello

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a household name at home and abroad. Since its establishment in the 1930s, the competition has grown into one of the most prestigious reference for up-and-coming musical talent in the classical music world. Recently, editions are not only organised for violin, pian
Sat 18.06.22 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate Concert - Cello

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a household name at home and abroad. Since its establishment in the 1930s, the competition has grown into one of the most prestigious reference for up-and-coming musical talent in the classical music world. Recently, editions are not only organised for violin, pian
Sun 19.06.22 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate Concert - Cello

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a household name at home and abroad. Since its establishment in the 1930s, the competition has grown into one of the most prestigious reference for up-and-coming musical talent in the classical music world. Recently, editions are not only organised for violin, pian
Thu 23.06.22 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate Concert - Cello

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a household name at home and abroad. Since its establishment in the 1930s, the competition has grown into one of the most prestigious reference for up-and-coming musical talent in the classical music world. Recently, editions are not only organised for violin, pian
Fri 24.06.22 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate Concert - Cello

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a household name at home and abroad. Since its establishment in the 1930s, the competition has grown into one of the most prestigious reference for up-and-coming musical talent in the classical music world. Recently, editions are not only organised for violin, pian
Sat 25.06.22 20:00

Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate Concert - Cello

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a household name at home and abroad. Since its establishment in the 1930s, the competition has grown into one of the most prestigious reference for up-and-coming musical talent in the classical music world. Recently, editions are not only organised for violin, pian