Context programming

With our concert programs we want to tell current and urgent stories. On stage but also off stage. With introductions, interviews and meetings between audience and artists, we provide a context to the performance that enriches the experience for concertgoers.


The context of a program provides depth and more connection to the program. During an introduction -preceding a concert- an expert tells more about the idea behind the program, or about the zeitgeist in which the program originated. A good example was the introduction that artistic director Tido Visser gave on the occasion of the program Van Gogh in Me. In it he went back to the fin de siecle, the time when not only was the music the choir performed composed, but Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt also painted the canvases that provided the visual inspiration for this program. In the process, Tido also explained how the video projections were created - all of which involved the music, a digital analysis of the paintings and the energy in the room.



Prior to the world premiere of Flights of the Angakok, the monumental new work by world-renowned composer Lera Auerbach, she was interviewed. After all, she was not only present but would be conducting the premiere herself. It became a probing conversation about the urgency of climate issues, and the effect on Arctic cultures. Indeed, Auerbach incorporated the issues into her composition, and she explained the way in which the insights she gained and the culture she came to know sounded in Flights of the Angakok. A unique look inside the composer's head.

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