Helena Rasker, mezzosoprano ~ photo copyright joris jan bos fotografie
Helena Rasker, mezzosoprano ~ photo copyright joris jan bos fotografie
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Rachmaninov - the last Romantic?

The Singing Heart of Igor S.

The Unforgettable Songs of
Leonard Bernstein

Goethe's Women

SPOTLIGHT ~ Rachmaninov - The last Romantic?

Sergei Leiferkus, baritone
Anna Viktorova, mezzo soprano
National Youth Choir
Reinild Mees, piano
Nina Targan Mouravi, readings

  The champion of Russian Song, baritone Sergei Leiferkus, will be joined by a young star of the Bolshoi Theatre, mezzo soprano Anna Viktorova, and by the National Youth Choir of the Netherlands (patron Sir Simon Rattle) in the most versatile song repertoire by Sergei Rachmaninov. Melancholic male songs alternate with dreamy female songs, a duet, a canon, choirsongs and - of course - the well-known vocalise!

** Sunday 8 February 2009 **
Theater Diligentia, Den Haag
tel. 0900 4 104 104
To our great disappointment we have to cancel this concert for technical reasons.
You can still enjoy this recital in Amsterdam and Rotterdam
on 10 & 11 February (see details).

Tuesday 10 February 2009
Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal), Amsterdam
tel. 020 671 83 45
Wednesday 11 February 2009
De Doelen (Jurriaanse Zaal), Rotterdam
tel. 010 217 17 17

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SPOTLIGHT ~ The Singing Heart of Igor S. (family concert)

Marijje van Stralen, soprano
Larissa Groeneveld, cello
Reinild Mees, piano
Edwin Rutten, narrator
Jan Rot, translation
with Desirée van Gelderen, lighting

  As famous are his Petrushka and Sacre du Printemps, so little known are Stravinsky's songs. Written for singers of all ages, the songs are mnemonics, about dragons, counting, nonsense and ... a bear. Some are shorter than a minute, sung in Russian and Dutch (in a special translation by Jan Rot).
Stravinsky, as Russian émigré and at home in the cities of Paris and New York, has his roots in the music of Tchaikovsky and Glinka. From these we also hear romantic cello pieces, and lose ourselves in our dreams ...

Monday 10 November 2008
Rosa Spier Huis, Laren (NH)
tel. 035 538 67 97
Saturday 13 December 2008
Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal), Amsterdam
tel. 020 671 83 45
Saturday 20 December 2008
(NB change of date)
Theater Diligentia, Den Haag
tel. 0900 4 104 104

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SPOTLIGHT ~ The Unforgettable Songs of Leonard Bernstein (reprise)
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Marcel Reijans, tenor
Reinild Mees, piano and commentary
Tonnie Kievits, trumpet

  Leonard Bernstein, the world-famous conductor and composer, knew how to incorporate American jazz music into the European classical tradition. In this programme the Spotlight is directed on his songs. A 'Songfest' performed by the best, most spirited American and Dutch singers with Reinild Mees commenting from at the piano, as Bernstein did himself in his television shows during the sixties. Instrumental interludes for trumpet and piano.

Saturday 10 January 2009
Noorderkerk, Amsterdam
tel. 020 620 44 15
Monday 12 January 2009
De Doelen (Jurriaanse Zaal), Rotterdam
tel. 010 217 17 17

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SPOTLIGHT ~ Goethe's Women
Marlis Petersen, soprano
Reinild Mees, piano
Klaus Bertisch, director
with Michel van Reijn, lighting

  Highly virtuoso soprano Marlis Petersen jumps from one role into another in this programme. After Gretchen (from 'Faust') she appears as Klärchen (from 'Egmont'), Mignon and Philine (from 'Wilhelm Meister') and Stella, to mention just a few of the female characters from Goethe's theatre plays who, often in a humouristic way, try to comment the meaning of life. Songs by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Franz Liszt, Ernst Krenek, Nikolai Medtner, Alexander von Zemlinsky and others.

Saturday 24 January 2009
Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf
tel. +49 211 89 25 211
reservations by e-mail

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- Telegraaf 22/9/08: "Eersteklas muziektheater uit een verkleeddoos"
("First class music theatre from out a dressing-up box")

- "Neben den üblichen Masterklassen und Solokonzerten gab es auch ein inszeniertes Liedrecital mit dem Titel ?Goethes Frauen" - eine der besten Vorstellungen dieser Art, die ich in den letzten Jahren in Holland erleben durfte. Zusammengestellt und auf die Bühne gebracht von KLAUS BERTISCH (Chefdramaturg von DNO) geriet das Ganze zu echtem Musiktheater: intelligent und spannend. (Man fragt sich, warum Bertisch eigentlich bei DNO nie Regie führen darf!) Die Sängerin war MARLIS PETERSEN, die mit Jubel überhäuft wurde. Im Januar 2009 werden ?Goethes Frauen" auch in Düsseldorf gezeigt, in der Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Nicht verpassen!"
Basia Jaworski - Orpheus 11/08



Production Stichting 20ste-eeuwse Lied
In co-operation with Internationaal Vocalisten Concours, Stichting KAM, Theater Diligentia, Concert- en Congresgebouw De Doelen, Stichting voor en door Kunstenaars en Stichting Noorderkerkconcerten
With thanks to KPMG, NFPK, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland, SNS Reaalfonds, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, J.E.Jurriaanse Stichting, Stichting Van Leeuwen van Lignac, Fonds voor de geld- en effectenhandel, Kattendijke/Drucker Stichting, M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Stichting, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting, German Embassy The Hague, Genootschap Nederland-Duitsland, and private donations


Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Subscription 3 concerts € 85
Separate tickets € 32,50 / € 10,00
Reservations: www.concertgebouw.nl or by telephone 020 671 83 45

Amsterdam Noorderkerk
Separate tickets € 12 / € 10 / € 5
Reservations: www.noorderkerkconcerten.nl or by telephone 020 620 44 15

Den Bosch Theater aan de Parade
Separate tickets € 15
Reservations: www.theateraandeparade.nl or by telephone 0900 33 72 72 33

Den Haag Theater Diligentia
Subscription 3 concerts € 70 / € 60
Separate tickets € 25 / € 22 / € 12,50
Reservations: www.theater-diligentia.nl or by telephone 0900 4 104 104

Rotterdam De Doelen
Separate tickets € 25 / € 23 / € 18 / € 7
Reservations: www.dedoelen.nl or by telephone 010 217 17 17

Laren Rosa Spier Huis
Reservations not possible
Information www.rosaspierhuis.nl or by telephone 035 538 67 97