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The Hague Connection: premieres, Hague masters & young talent


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Thu 10 Nov, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ / Sat 12 Nov, November Music

Asko|Schönberg maintains a warm relationship with the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. It is a breeding ground for many composers who have since earned their spurs, such as Michel van der Aa, Martijn Padding and Peter Adriaansz, but also for a whole new batch of young, talented creators such as Petra Strahovnik, Lise Morrison and Alexandre Kordzaia. Asko|Schönberg, the ensemble that is always working on the music of the future, presents them together in the multifaceted programme The Hague Connection.

Senses stimulated

During the The Hague Connection programme, many senses will be stimulated with video, media, movement, soundtracks and, of course, live music. The brand new Shimmer of abstract thinker Peter Adriaansz is having its premiere. Star composer Michel van der Aa translates gradations of red - from carmine to vermillion - into live music and soundtrack.

The Slovenian Petra Strahovnik searches for sounds and forms that defy conventional notions of music, transcending the separation of body and mind and making our minds shudder. Alexandre Kordzaia urges cello soloist Lidy Blijdorp with battle cries, beats and vocalises. Lise Morrison mixes poetry by PC Hooft Prize-winner Alfred Schaffer with video and sound. Martijn Padding ironises the German brass band and makes the tuba dance tango.


Asko|Schönberg conducted by Gregory Charette, Lidy Blijdorp cello

Michel van der Aa - Shades of Red, Dutch premiere

Alexandre Kordzaia - Alex, how is it going with your Cello Concertino?

Peter Adriaansz - Shimmer, world premiere

Petra Strahovnik - Essence, Dutch premiere

Martijn Padding - Two inglorious Pieces (not at November Music)

Lise Morrison - Dream Start (not at November Music)

The works by Kordzaia, Adriaansz and Morrison were commissioned by Asko|Schönberg, with support from Fonds Podiumkunsten.

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Thu 10 Nov, 20:15, Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Introduction 19:15 by Frederike Berntsen on the Foyerdeck.
Sat 12 Nov, 20:45, Den Bosch, November Music, Azijnfabriek

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