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The Concertzender in October: beautiful things and a new Jazz World Music channel

trompetMaybe it didn't escape your notice: The Concertzender was referred to in the NRC newspaper on September 5th. Why? Because we have an ambitious plan to start a real Jazz World Music channel under the name World of Jazz in early 2024.

The best jazz and world music can be heard here 24 hours a day. This new channel also offers a stage for young musicians by broadcasting concert recordings from all over the Netherlands. World of Jazz is going to work closely with the Dutch jazz and world music sector: musicians, venues, festivals and conservatories. Click here for more info (page is in Dutch).

Furthermore, in the month of October, there will be many beautiful things from our programme makers, such as Re:Light - international sound art projects with a lot of field recordings of everyday sounds, or The Piano Conversations, a series of special conversations with leading pianists by Co de Kloet with none other than Ralph van Raat as the first guest.

We're also starting a series about György Ligeti, who was born 100 years ago, and we'll cover the 70th anniversary of the death of Kathleen Ferrier, one of the world's greatest singers. Lastly, in Concertzender Live, you can listen to authentic performances of Early Music, that were made possible thanks to our cooperation with Musica Antiqua Nova.


Thursday October 12

Theme: Contemporary Music | Crosslinks


Resonate with Re:Light

Re:Light is a programme where international sound art projects can present themselves. From October 12th, the light will shine for six episodes on Prone to Resonance, a field recording project by our programme maker Harrold Roeland, known from Sensenta on Sunday evenings.

Re:LightThe Prone To Resonance Field Recording Project - its full name - is all about recording everyday sounds for the future. Every day a recording is made somewhere outside the home, to be put together into a collage at the end of the month. New music also emerges from this collage.

In the upcoming series we will be playing the sounds of all of 2023. The first episode covers January and February, the second March and April, and so on. We hear seasons coming and going, toiling train wheels, rain and wind, passing mop orchestras and Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. And so much more. A celebration for the listening ear.

Listen: the first episode of the Prone to Resonance series in Re:Light on Thursday, October 12th, 23:00 - 24:00 CET


Saturdays October 7 and 14

Theme: Jazz


A new series in Co Live! At the Concertzender: The Piano Conversations

From October 14th in Co Live!: unique conversations with leading pianists (Episode 1: Ralph van Raat). The interviews that Co de Kloet has been making for over forty years are not actually interviews but actually more like conversations.Ralph van Raat That is a practice he always follows and which puts both practiced/well known and novice musicians clearly at ease.

In order to delve deeper into the views, thoughts and personality of the musician and to present a different form of conversations and music, Co came up with The Piano Conversations. Behind the piano, the conversation partner's brain works differently.

Talking and playing for an hour behind and next to the piano. Seated in Co's living room behind a Steinway full of history, Ralph van Raat plays and talks with Co. The piano is used for musical illustrations, set musical items and at the end an improvisation/composition by the guest.

Listen: the first episode of The Piano Conversations in Co Live!, Saturday October 14th, 21:00 - 22:00 CET

One week earlier, on Saturday October 7th Co Live! features a special around the upcoming Dutch Double Bass Festival: Co in conversation with bassist/programmer James Oesi.

Listen: a Dutch Double Bass Festival special in Co Live!, Saturday October 7th, 21:00 - 22:00 CET


Saturday October 28

Theme: Jazz


Freddie WebsterFreddie Webster had the most beautiful sound

“Freddie Webster probably had the best trumpet sound since the instrument was invented,” said Dizzy Gillespie in his biography To Be, or not... to Bop. Miles Davis was also deeply impressed by 'Webs': when the former moved to New York in 1945, he moved in with the trumpet phenomenon.

On Saturday October 28, Webster will be the centre of attention in The Big Sound. The fact that Freddie Webster (1916-1947) has now been virtually forgotten may have to do with the fact that he hardly recorded any solos. Webster had an exceptionally powerful sound, yet rounded like a pebble in a river.

The story goes that before a solo he would smell a pocket square where he had sprinkled some cologne, “to get in the mood.” This Big Sound focuses on one of jazz's most underestimated trumpeters, who can be heard in the big bands of Earl Hines, Lucky Millinder, Jimmie Lunceford and Sabby Lewis.

Listen: The Big Sound, Saturday October 28th, 17:00 - 18:00 CET.


Wednesday October 11

Theme: Classical


György Ligeti in The Last Century

For the next few months, the programme The Last Century will include an episode every month about the work of one of the greatest post-war composers, who was born a hundred years ago: György Ligeti.

György LigetiLigeti's music is very modern and innovative, but always strikes a chord. It can be exciting, moving, funny, or enchanting. And sometimes all at the same time. You will hear his music every second Wednesday of the month, in the evening at 19:00 CET.

The first episode, on October 11, is about his early works, from the period when he still lived in Hungary. His music was often compared to that of his compatriot Béla Bartók. The second episode is entitled 'Strange Noises'. This includes some electronic compositions that Ligeti made when he had just fled Hungary.

But you will also hear, for example, his famous - or infamous - Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes. There will also be an entire episode dedicated to the Ligeti's compositions that director Stanley Kubrick used for his films. The best-known example being the music used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Listen: The Last Century, Wednesday October 11th, 19:00 - 20:00 CET.


Sunday October 8

Theme: Classical


Kathleen FerrierKathleen Ferrier: one of the world’s greatest opera singers!

On October 8 it is exactly 70 years since contralto Kathleen Ferrier died in a London hospital from breast cancer. This was very shortly after what would turn out to have been her last performance, a Covent Garden performance of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.

Kathleen Ferrier was (and still is) one of the world's greatest opera singers. Her appeal transcends all ages and seemingly all generations, perhaps more than any other singer. She died 70 years ago, but she is still remembered and her voice is still heard and loved by millions around the world.

In the programme Thou singest ye carol on October 8 at 11:00 CET, baritone Evert Jan Nagtegaal will perform a 'Tribute to Kathleen Ferrier' and play some of her most beautiful recordings.

Listen: Thou singest ye carol, Sunday October 8th, 11:00 - 12:00 CET.


Sunday October 15 to Saturday October 22

Theme: Contemporary Music


Festival Dag in de Branding / Lera Auerbach Festival

Lera AuerbachFestival Dag in de Branding presents the Lera Auerbach Festival from October 15 to 22. The Concertzender is really looking forward to meeting this versatile artist and introducing The Hague and the rest of the Netherlands to her work.

We can keep repeating how special we find this, but we thought it would be nice to let our partners have their say this time. In this video (in Dutch) Sven Arne Tepl of the Residentie Orchestra, Tido Visser of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Vera Kooper of the Delta Piano Trio, Saskia Lankhoorn of Ensemble Klang and Emlyn Stam of the New European Ensemble talk about their fascination with Lera Auerbach.

For more information, the complete programme and to order tickets, click here to go to the website of the Festival Dag in de Branding.


Friday October 27

Theme: Early Music


Musica Antiqua NovaCollaboration with Musica Antiqua Nova

In Concertzender Live on Friday, October 27 at 14:00 CET, you can listen to a concert recorded by the Groningen foundation Musica Antiqua Nova. A collaboration has recently been established between Musica Antiqua Nova and the Concertzender and, as a result, the recordings of concerts organised by Musica Antiqua Nova can now be broadcast by the Concertzender.

Musica Antiqua Nova was founded in 1987 and focuses on early music in authentic, historically informed performances. Since the start there have been more than 340 concerts, the majority of which have taken place in the city of Groningen.

Young promising musicians are also given opportunities by Musica Antiqua Nova. One example is the concert 'Keyboard talents from the Prins Claus' Conservatory', and the recording of this concert can be heard in Concertzender Live. Four talented students play the harpsichord, organ and fortepiano in a varied programme including works by Bach, Merula and Beethoven.

Listen: Concertzender Live, Friday October 27th, 14:00 - 16:00 CET.


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