May & Freedom

Beethoven & Mendelssohn

On April 30, watch and listen to two masterpieces from the Classical and Early Romantic periods, Beethoven’s ‘Egmont’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘The First Walpurgis Night’, both set to text by Goethe.


Read review in Leeuwarder Courant

Count Egmont, courageously and foolishly, remained in
Brussels when Alva came to restore Spanish authority. William left.
Egmont paid for this decision with his life. In return, he got a fascinating
biography, written by one of the best
authors (Goethe) and set to music by one of the best composers
(Beethoven) in history. William of Orange did not have
The Walpurgisnacht is an ancient Germanic
story about the liberation from winter and the start of spring,
celebrated on the night of April 30 to May 1. This was accompanied by an exuberant
witch festival on top of Brocken mountain in the Harz in Germany. Of course,
that was forbidden by the church, but Goethe describes how a
joke makes it possible to perform this ancient ritual.

Two pieces about people looking for ways to find freedom. The month of May is when we celebrate Liberation Day. Hopefully we will also be released from the corona measures; we long for freedom!

Renate Arends & Elisabeth Blom, soprano
Franske van der Wiel & Rosina Fabius, alto
Francis Ng & Pablo Gregorian, tenor
Michiel Meijer & Bert van de Wetering, bass

David Rabinovich, violin 1
Daphne Oltheten, violin 2
Yoshiko Morita, viola
Jacopo Ristori, cello
Jesse Solway, double bass
Ofer Frenkel, oboe
Florencia Gomez, flute
Alejandro Fariña, clarinet
Stefan Blonk, horn
Thomas Oltheten, bassoon

Marleen Prins, stage direction
The Apollo Ensemble with eight singers, five strings and five wind instruments

Concert: Friday 30 April, 08:00 pm – 09:30 pm
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  • Van 30-04-2021
    tot 16-05-2021
    video concert
  • 14-05-2021
    last day videoconcert