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#Reinbertbio one year on: biographer looks back

There was once a celebrity (pianist, composer and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw), a biographer (Thea Derks) and a riot. De Leeuw was against the publication of his biography Reinbert de Leeuw: man or melody and made no secret of it. In the TV programme Zomergasten (Summer guests), he even dismissed the dissertation-like standard work as an almost endearing puff piece. Meanwhile... 

Radical vulnerability and listening with eyes open - Vanrunxt stages Morton Feldman

Festival Rumor 80, an irregular regular in Utrecht at three different locations each time, will show choreographer Marc Vanrunxt's new work Real, So Real this Friday at Theater Kikker. Starting point is Three Voices, a 1982 composition by Morton Feldman. A wonderful Flemish collaboration by Kunst/Werk and ChampdAction. Dancer Marie De Corte and singer Els Mondelaers shine in Real, So Real. The... 

World premieres by MacMillan and Roukens at Vredenburg's Friday

After years of concerts in the 'Red Box' on the A2, AVROTROS' De Vrijdag van Vredenburg on Radio 4 returned to the centre of Utrecht last summer. The new TivoliVredenburg was built entirely around Vredenburg's former Great Hall, renowned worldwide for its fabulous acoustics. Many a tear was shed at the reopening. To a new hall belongs... 

Joop Daalmeijer Marathon (3): "The arts sector should have reached out to consumers"

Wijbrand Schaap: 'There has been much talk about the change in Council attitudes under your leadership. After the confrontation course under your predecessor Els Swaab, you seemed appointed by Halbe Zijlstra to act as a kind of applause machine.' Joop Daalmeijer: 'I was not hired by Halbe Zijlstra, I was appointed by the queen. Isn't that nice?... 

Aufführung der Komposition " Delusion of the fury " von Harry Partch in der Musiktheater Inszenierung von Heiner Goebbels mit dem Ensemble musikFabrik in der Jahrhunderthalle Bochum im Rahmen der Ruhrtriennale 2012-14 am Mittwoch, 21.08.2013

Seeing music (and not hearing it?)

Vanwege mijn fascinatie voor de complexe relatie tussen luisteren en kijken, besloot ik drie voorstellingen tijdens het recente Holland Festival te bezoeken en te ervaren wat er gebeurde als ik probeerde oren en ogen in gelijke mate de kost te geven. De eerste was “Delusion of the Fury” (1966) van de Amerikaanse componist Harry Partch, de tweede een concertante uitvoering van Philip Glass’ opera “The CIVIL warS” (1983), de derde een uitvoering van Franz Schuberts “Die Winterreise” (1827) waarbij vierentwintig korte films van de Zuid-Afrikaanse kunstenaar William Kentridge werden vertoond.

A century of new music: Ruyneman and De Leeuw

Deze maand viert Reinbert de Leeuw zijn vijfenzeventigste verjaardag. Niet alleen wijden televisie, radio, internetmedia en geschreven pers uitvoerig aandacht aan de niet geringe prestaties van deze voorvechter van de hedendaagse muziek, maar ook wordt hij geëerd met een eigen festival, ‘Reinbert 75’. Dit wordt georganiseerd

Crushingly good: Nine Rivers by composer James Dillon, with conductor and percussionist Steven Schick @HollandFestival

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From the mild, everyday cacophony around the Muziekgebouw in the afternoon, on the terrace by the IJ, you'll get into the silence of the concert hall in a few steps. For three and a half hours (with over two hours of breaks in between), Asko|Schönberg, Slagwerk Den Haag and Capella Amsterdam will play and sing your ears off. Steven Schick (a.o. once Bang on a Can), not only conducts, but also takes charge of the middle part of the concert, at the Bimhuis, as a percussionist. Under his inspired direction, 'Nine Rivers' navigates between spectacle and purism: a battle between complex form and the simplicity of raw sound matter.

Nederlands Kamerkoor 75 years young

Amsterdam, 10-10-2012 – Afgelopen zomer al treinde het Dutch Chamber Choir (NKK) door ons land, om samen met amateurkoren tijdens verrassende stationsconcerten het grote publiek te attenderen op zijn vijfenzeventigjarig bestaan. De komende weken wordt dit jubileum gevierd met een reeks concerten in zeven verschillende steden, onder de wervende titel ‘Een traditie van vernieuwing’.

Popcorn polishes off rock 'n' roll #hf12

Popcorn wants to build bridges and dissolve borders; away with the differences between high and low culture. Covers of the band's favourite songs are interspersed with new compositions, thus blurring boundaries. Unfortunately, they do not succeed in this and the band sounds mostly academic and soulless. Popcorn is an experimental performance in which a composite band aims to bridge the gap between... 

Final edition of Springdance closes convincingly with premiere of nonstop intense concert by Meyers, Sehgal and the REDUX ORCHESTRA

For the second time during Springdance, artists and audience share the stage of Utrecht's Stadsschouwburg. REDUX ORCHESTRA, conducted by composer Ari Benjamin Meyers, plays his Symphony X, a pulsating, up-beat (120 p/m) minimal work. Spectators, conductor and musicians - can you just call them musicians? - merge into one big, extremely subtle, participatory choreography of... 

Miraculous play on age-old techniques mirrors Stravinky's music in 50,000 litres of water and 50 minutes

Thai and Vietnamese puppetry. Acrobats, Chinese shadow play and Japanese costumes. A Chinese conductor for a Dutch orchestra, a Canadian directing team and, as the main work, a scant 50-minute opera by a Russian composer, based on a fairy tale by a Danish writer who took his inspiration from China. Loosely.

Delft opens with fewer chamber music surprises than other years

For another 15 years, the Delft Chamber Music Festival, so named to reflect its international character, has encompassed 15 years. Violinist Isabelle van Keulen handled the chamber music festival's programming for the first ten years, Lisa Ferschtmann - also a violinist - took over from her five years ago. But even this already successful festival fears the upcoming budget cuts. A pity, because what... 

Die Jahreszeiten, in OT's version, fits perfectly into the Flemish-Dutch Opera Days

In Nederland wordt de visie op opera vooral gestuurd vanuit de concertpraktijk. Daarmee wijkt de Nederlandse omgang met dit genre flink af van wat in de rest van Euroa gangbaar is. Dat blijkt alleen al uit het feit dat er de afgelopen eeuw vooral werd geïnvesteerd in concertzalen die direct dan ook tot de beste ter wereld horen: het Amsterdamse… 

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