Vrijdag 7 april 16:15 Heikese Kerk Tilburg
Vrijdag 7 april 19:30 St. Petruskerk Hilvarenbeek Zaterdag 8 april 15:00 Catharinakerk Eindhoven
Iedereen van harte welkom!
Drie concerten waarin 'Polyptique' van Frank Martin wordt uitgevoerd. Polyptique is een zevendelig werk voor soloviool en dubbel strijkorkest.
Het altaarbeeld Maestà van Duccio di Buoninsegna vormde de inspiratiebron voor de componist.
De zeven delen gaan over de lijdensweg van Christus en de vioolsolo staat symbool voor Jezus van Nazareth.
Er zal een versie worden uitgevoerd waarbij Choralen zum Kreuzweg van J.S. Bach tussen de delen worden gezongen.
Vioolsoliste is Annemieke Corstens en het geheel is o.l.v. dirigent Jac van Steen.
Sacred Choral Music for Good Friday
Wagner Good Friday Music from Parsifal
Poulenc Stabat mater
Jac van Steen Conductor
Sarah Tynan Soprano
William Dazeley Baritone
Belfast Philharmonic Choir
Stephen Doughty Chorusmaster
As a triumphant fanfare accompanies the dawn sunrise, the weary Parsifal rests and observes with wonder the beauty of the sunlit, flower-filled meadow around him. ‘This is how Good Friday ought to be’, thought Wagner.
In the 1930s, a period of soul-searching sent Francis Poulenc back to his religious roots. The result, amongst other sacred works, was his transcendent Stabat mater,‘a prayer of intercession’.
A favourite with lovers of fine choral music, Fauré’s serene Requiem is the devout composer’s personal vision: ‘…it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.’ Its beautiful tranquillity allows all those who hear it to share in the musical and spiritual comfort of that vision of timeless peace. There’s more to it than the blissful ‘Pie Jesu’; this is music that speaks straight to the heart.
Ulster Hall - 34 Bedford Street - Belfast, Northern Ireland BT2 7FF United Kingdom
RNCM Symphony Orchestra
Royal Northern College of Music
Rosamond St W, Manchester, North-West, M13 9RD, United Kingdom
On Friday 31 March 2017 at 19:30
Mahler’s Ninth Symphony has divided opinion for decades – is it a hymn to the end of all things or an ultimately affirmative lovesong to life and to mortality? It is, of course, down to the listener to interpret the piece and find their own meaning. The Ninth took shape against a background of painful memories, frustrated love and a life about to be cut short – Mahler’s daughter had died, he was in an unhappy marriage, his own health was failing and it was the end of his reign as Artistic Director of the Vienna Court Opera.
Consequently, the piece is full of contrast – life/death, lyricism/pathos, stillness/storm – yet while it is dark, grotesque and disturbing, there is a painful beauty running through this symphony. The despair and anguish co-exist with other Mahlerian qualities – a passionate love of life and nature; an idealistic instinct to confront despair with heroic endeavour; and a magnificent pride in creative powers which, despite his illness, remained undiminished. In fact, Mahler said at the time: ‘I am thirstier for life than ever…’
Tonight’s programme is completed by a composition by Mahler’s good friend, Arnold Schoenberg. The two men respected and admired each other enormously. This early work was written in 1909, during a time of intense personal and artistic crisis for the composer. This is reflected in the tensions and at some times extreme violence of the score mirroring the Expressionist movement of the time, in particular its preoccupation with the subconscious and burgeoning madness.
Director Michael Boyd and conductor Jac van Steen share their insights into their plans and preparations for the 2017 production of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande at Garsington Opera. There are just over two weeks to go until booking opens for the 2017 season. We hope you can join us for a very exciting summer: the first season featuring four operas, as well as the start of our partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:
Raphael Wallfisch Performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto
Wagner Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.7
Conductor Jac van Steen
Cello Raphael Wallfisch
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
In this concert, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra delves into pure orchestral emotion, beginning with Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 from his Romantic opera Lohengrin. This piece is framed by shimmering violins that evoke a delicate loveliness to match the fairy-tale element to the opera.
Cellist Raphael Wallfisch takes centre stage for a performance of Elgar’s rich and noble masterpiece, his Cello Concerto. Considered to be the last great flowering of Elgar’s genius, the Concerto sweeps with melodic, autumnal beauty and remains one of the best examples of English music to date. Closing the concert will be Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No.7; a wonderful blend of orchestral gravitas and swelling tunes which is used to great effect in the film The King’s Speech.
We are delighted to welcome back BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff as the host of our hugely popular free pre-concert talks. It will take place at 6.30pm in the auditorium prior to the evening’s performance.
Royal & Derngate - Guildhall Road - Northampton - NN1 1DP
Van Steen brings out the very best in orchestra
Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Hall, Belfast
The principal guest conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, Jac van Steen, made a welcome return to the Ulster Hall on Friday with music by English composers.
Film buffs will have been aware of William Walton's iconic Suite from Henry V, written for Laurence Olivier's film of 1944 and popular ever since.
Under the baton of the vastly-experienced Van Steen, there was a haunting beauty in Egdon Heath, composed by Holst, better known for The Planets, and less so for his setting of the Christmas carol In The Deep Midwinter.
The Vaughan Williams' Concerto in A Minor for oboe and strings was played brilliantly by the young Spanish soloist Ramon Ortega Quero, who brought out the depth and wide-ranging beauty of the music, especially in the Minuet and Musette, and added an encore.
In his entertaining pre-concert talk, Van Steen said that players of British orchestras are so familiar with Elgar's Enigma Variations that they could play it standing on their heads, without rehearsing.
He also said that the real challenge for conductor, players and the audience is to take and experience this masterpiece beyond what we are familiar with. Van Steen managed to do this, right to the stupendous finale with the mighty Mulholland Organ in the Ulster Hall in full flow.
The long applause from the capacity audience was enthusiastic, and rightly so.
Belfast Telegraph - Alf McCreary - March 6 2017
TUNE IN TO JAC VAN STEEN ON BBC RADIO 3
Holst’s Egdon Heath Op. 47, from the concert conducted by Jac van Steen with the Ulster Orchestra on 3rd March 2017, will be repeated on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 13th March 2017, at around 2.50pm, as will Walton’s Suite form Henry V at 3.05pm.
On Tuesday 14th March, Sibelius’ Pelléas et Mélisanda Op. 46, from another of Mr van Steen’s concerts with the Ulster Orchestra, recorded on 6th May 2016, will be broadcast at 2.55pm, again on BBC Radio 3.
On Wednesday 15th March, a work from Mr van Steen’s 24th October 2014 concert with the Ulster Orchestra will be broadcast at 2pm and 2.25pm- Haydn’s Symphony No. 44 in E minor, Hob.I:44 ‘Trauer’, and then from his 13th May 2016 recording, Mozart’s Ah Lo Previdi Ah t’invola, K.272.
Finally on Friday 17th of March, another piece from Mr van Steen’s 13th May 2016 concert with the Ulster Orchestra will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3- Haydn’s Symphony No 104 in D major (H.1/104) at 2.55pm, then again from his 3rd March 2017 recording, Vaughn Williams’ Oboe Concerto at 3.25pm, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations at around 3.45pm.
Garsington Opera announces extended 2017 season
Garsington Opera’s 2017 season will see the company present four productions and a large community opera for the first time in its history. The season will begin on 1 June with a new production of Handel’s Semele, which will be conducted by Jonathan Cohen and directed by Annilese Miskimmon in collaboration with designer Nicky Shaw. Starring Heidi Stober in the title role, the cast will also include Robert Murray, Christine Rice and Christopher Ainslie. As part of the Garsington Opera for All programme, the production will be screened free of charge in Skegness, Ramsgate, Burnham-on-Sea and Grimsby.
The Philharmonic Orchestra will launch its five year partnership with Garsington with Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Jonathan McGovern and Andrea Carroll will sing the title roles, with Paul Gay as Golaud, Susan Bickley as Geneviève and Brian Bannatyne-Scott as Arkel. Jac van Steen will conduct, and Michael Boyd will direct. .......more
Elke werkdag van 12-2 op NPO Radio 1. Hét cultuurprogramma van de VPRO over literatuur, beeldende kunst, theater, muziek en film. In het eerste uur een lang studiogesprek met een gast uit de wereld van de cultuur of de actualiteit.
Er zijn weinig Nederlandse orkesten waar dirigent Jac van Steen niet voor heeft gestaan.
Zo dirigeerde hij onder andere het Residentie Orkest, het Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest en het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. Maar ook internationaal maakte hij al snel indruk.
Zo was hij in Duitsland algemeen muzikaal directeur van het Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar en chef-dirigent en muzikaal directeur van de Opera en het Philharmonisch Orkest van Dortmund. In Engeland kreeg hij bekendheid na het BBC-programma European Conductors Seminar en dirigeert sindsdien ook hier de grote orkesten. Ester Naomi Perquin spreekt met Jac van Steen.