Let us explain: i-Classics is the innovative concert series of the South Netherlands Philharmonic. A surprising and multidisciplinary journey through todays world of art and technology. At unexpected locations for everyone who occasionally wants something extraordinary. Or for those who want to experience classical music in another way.
In this first edition: i-Classics Music & Theatre, director Vincent van Warmerdam and storytellers Micha Hamel and Sofie Porro will tell a story about the history of music. They connect classical- and popmusic in an extraordinary way and choose the best of both worlds. In one hour you will become an expert on music!
Micha Hamel takes the public in fast track through the history of music. Starting with the arise of Gregorian music on to Bach, Beethoven and Mahler, off to modern classical times like Stravinsky, Schönberg and last via Duke Ellington to Elvis and Robin Thicke. Every song and every part of this concert is connected and these connections will be discussed, visualised and performed. The South Netherlands Philharmonic is almost like a king size cover band, lead by conductor Frank Zielhorst. They will perform the most beautiful music out of history’s treasures and it will be a tribute to the power of music.
In co-production with Toneelgroep Maastricht.
Twilight at Derby Cathedral
Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst will make his concert debut with Bondholder Sinfonia Viva at fellow Bondholder Derby Cathedral on Friday March 3.
The concert, entitled ‘A Little Symphony in F’ is the latest stage of the popular Twilights series of late afternoon and early evening performances at the Cathedral.
Twilights is a partnership between Sinfonia Viva and Derby Cathedral and has been a key element in the Cathedral’s two-year cultural audience development programme supported with a £80,000 Arts Council England grant.
The concert will feature work by classical music ‘giants’ Haydn, Strauss and Beethoven and Frank Zielhorst explained that this varied programme would appeal to a wide range of classical music fans.
Mr Zielhorst who, for the past two years, has performed extensively as Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, said: “I am so looking forward to returning to Derby to conduct Sinfonia Viva in Derby Cathedral which is a truly magnificent building with wonderful acoustics.
“This will be my second time with the Orchestra in as many months having worked with the musicians and composer James Redwood for the performance of the education residency ‘Mechanical Advantage’ at Derby Theatre in early February." For more information and box office details, visit www.vivaorch.co.uk
Asad Moghal / Derby Telegraph / 2017
Frank Zielhorst made his debut with Sinfonia Viva in Derby, Engeland in February 2017.
Next concert in March 2017 !
Cog wheels, gears, levers, gravity – not obvious song material. But of course Sinfonia Viva and the Derby schoolchildren and students taking part in the orchestra’s latest schools residency project aren’t going to be fazed by a trifling consideration like that.
After a short film of the project in action, it was over to Viva and the students, performing the songs and instrumental pieces they had written on the theme of ‘Mechanical Advantage’. Composer and workshop leader James Redwood provided his usual inventive orchestral arrangements, as well as acting as the evening’s compère, a welcome innovation for these concerts, as was the film.
The imaginative structuring of the student pieces and the kids’ mastery of their intricacies were impressive, as always. The count-down to lift-off of Derby College’s instrumental Diabolic Parabola included some subtle canonic touches. Gravity, Don’t Ground Me, sang the children of Beckett Primary School; their opposite numbers from Firs Estate Primary school introduced us to the unpleasant creatures living On the Dark Side of the Moon; Chellaston Academy’s instrumental Power of Five included some impressive solo and small group moments. In another new feature, the audience had a role to play, with the ‘clapping chorus in three groups’ in the song Ratio 345, about gear ratios and their overlapping patterns, as well as joining in the call ‘load, effort, fulcrum, distance!’ that punctuated the final song, Levers, by James Redwood with words by Hazel Gould.
With Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst making his Sinfonia Viva debut, the orchestra added its own contributions. The interlocking patterns of Michael Torke’s Adjustable Wrench were neatly dovetailed, the mid-air ending left hanging delightfully. Workers’ Union, by Louis Andriessen, requires the orchestra to combine tightly disciplined rhythmic playing with a choice of actual notes from only approximate notation, with compelling results. The perpetual-motion machine that is the finale of Ravel’s G major Violin Sonata, in Graham Hall’s imaginative orchestration, was kept spinning purposefully and, as a counterbalance, the first movement of Brahms’ Serenade No 1 brought some open-air freshness to the evening.
With so much uncertainty facing musical activity in schools, Viva’s residencies remain a cause for celebration.
Review by Mike Wheeler