Newsletter January 2017
“My music is best understood by children and animals.”
Composer of the month
Each month the Concertzender reserves a number of hours for a single composer. This month the composer is the Czech Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928).
Composer of the month: every Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 CET and every 1st Tuesday of the month at 18:00 CET.
Complied and presented by: Agnes van der Horst
This month you can win a CD with a recording of the Goldberg Variations by Bach if you know the correct answer to our competion question.
This major work by Johann Sebastian Bach is performed on the harpsichord by Blandine Rannou [Zig Zag 111001].
Last month's question was: Which 3 composers have taught the composer Lisa Streich?
Art’s Birthday 2017
On Tuesday 17th January 2017 the Concertzender studio in Utrecht will be celebrating a special birthday. The so-called Art’s Birthday, the birthday of Art!
This is a celebration in memory of the French Fluxus-artist Robert Filliou. Fluxus is the art movement with a lot of serious and less serious craziness. In the 1960's it was the art movement which knocked over the sacred conventions and experimented to the limit. The word ‘fluxus’ comes from the Latin and means among other things ‘cleansing, purifying stream’. George Maciunas, regarded as the founder of Fluxus, used it first in 1961 for art events which destroyed the border between art and music. The two best-known Dutch Fluxus artists are undoubtedly Willem de Ridder and Wim T. Schippers. A number of famous international artists were also drawn to Fluxus, such as John Cage, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys and La Monte Young.
New series: Opera in de 20th century
Our new series Opera in de 20ste eeuw is broadcast every Tuesday at 14:00 CET starting from Tuesday 10th January.
We are very enthousiastic about this new series that will take a systematic look at opera and the related music styles that have developed during the 20th century such as operetta and the zarzuela (Spanish opera).It is surprising how many operas composed in the 20th century by both well-known and lesser-known composers are no longer heard today. Our chronological approach in this series brings us closer to the composers and the times in which they lived. It becomes clear how changes in society, and there were a lot of those in the 20th century, influenced their music. Through this music we gain an insight into the history of the period.
Changes in our Classical Music programmes
A number of changes in our Classical Music department that are effective from January 1st means that some programmes will now be broadcast at other times that you have come to expect.
Annemiek Klijberg and Menno Feenstra have announced that they will end their activities for the Concertzender. We would like to thank them both for their contribution to the Concertzender in the last two years. Annemiek was responsible for starting a brand new programme Concertzender Now and also took over the programme The Piano studio. Menno was responsible for the programme Songs and was also involved with a number of our opera programmes.
But there is also some good news: ....
Introducing: Luc Nijs
Our new programme Opera in the 20th century has been made by Luc Nijs, who was previously involved with our programmes Contemporary Music and The Last Century.
“The series has become a chronological overview of opera and related music styles such as operetta and the Spanish zarzuela. It also includes opera from the Far East and the Middle East which shows both similar developments as well as local variations. We start in 1900 and will ultimately end in 2019. The chronological approach allows us to address different aspects of the music in parallel. Through the music we gain an insight into the history of the period. We can hear how trends change over the years, and how the music reflects the society in which it was made.”
Footnotes“I already knew a lot about the history of opera, but making this series has made me aware of many productions that have been forgotten over the years and are now only mentioned in footnotes.”
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