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25 July 2021 | 2:30 pm | Amsterdam
NEuE plays Arvo Pärt

The music of Arvo Pärt (1935*) touches almost everyone. His works are both minimalistic and profound, and contain an unprecedented beauty.

Initially, Pärt started as a composer of, among other things, serial music and experimented with more contemporary styles. This did not please him and he fell into an existential crisis, which meant that he was no longer able to compose. It was not until many years later that he created his ‘tintinnabuli style’, music inspired by bells and bells, based on simple harmonies.

One of his first works in this style is his much-loved ‘Fratres’, which is also on the program today. Listen to a wonderful mix of his duo, trio and quartet works and imagine yourself in the special world of Arvo Pärt on this afternoon.

NEuE plays Arvo Pärt
25 July 2021 | 2:30 pm
Amstelkerk | Amstelveld 10 | Amsterdam
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25 July 2021 | 4:30 pm | Amsterdam
NEuE plays Arvo Pärt

The music of Arvo Pärt (1935*) touches almost everyone. His works are both minimalistic and profound, and contain an unprecedented beauty.

Initially, Pärt started as a composer of, among other things, serial music and experimented with more contemporary styles. This did not please him and he fell into an existential crisis, which meant that he was no longer able to compose. It was not until many years later that he created his ‘tintinnabuli style’, music inspired by bells and bells, based on simple harmonies.

One of his first works in this style is his much-loved ‘Fratres’, which is also on the program today. Listen to a wonderful mix of his duo, trio and quartet works and imagine yourself in the special world of Arvo Pärt on this afternoon.

NEuE plays Arvo Pärt
25 July 2021 | 4:30 pm
Amstelkerk | Amstelveld 10 | Amsterdam
Tickets

10 September 2021 | 8:15 pm | Utrecht
Gaudeamus

The beating heart of Gaudeamus is the Gaudeamus Award. Four young composers have been nominated this year for this coveted prize and their music can be heard during various concerts. In this concert, the New European Ensemble will play music by three of them: Jenny Beck, Annika Socolofsky and Matthew Ricketts – and by the French composer Augustin Braud.

Gaudeamus
10 September 2021 | 8:15 pm
TivoliVredenburg, Hertz | Vredenburgkade 11 | Utrecht
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17 September 2021 | 8:15 pm | Den Haag
Dante Alighieri meets Olivier Messiaen

A collaboration between New European Ensemble and the Dante Alighieri association.

Distress gives way to liberation. We all recognize that feeling these days. So did Dante Alighieri, the world famous poet. He spent half a life in exile in Italy and then wrote off all the misery in his Divina Commedia.

The same goes for Olivier Messiaen, a French composer, who was made prisoner of war by the Germans, but who composed a piece of music in the camp as a liberating dream for the future. Dante died 700 years ago, Messiaen wrote his piece 80 years ago. Come and hear how current their art is.

Some famous scenes from Dante’s Divina Commedia are recited, alternating with parts of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, performed by the New European Ensemble.

This program is a collaboration between the New European Ensemble and the Dante Alighieri Leiden-The Hague association.

Dante Alighieri meets Olivier Messiaen
17 September 2021 | 8:15 pm
Theater De Nieuwe Regentes, Grote Zaal | Weimarstraat 63 | Den Haag
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25 September 2021 | 8:15 pm | Den Haag
Jürg Frey

New European Ensemble presents the internationally beloved Swiss composer Jürg Frey; a comprehensive portrait of his ensemble music, including the world premiere of his work The Wind Moves Them.

Jürg Frey is known for the beautiful, wide and open sound spaces that he creates in his pieces. His mostly introspective compositions invite the listener to seek stillness and reflection. His works are regularly performed by the leading orchestras and ensembles in Europe, North America and Japan.

In addition to work by Frey, a world premiere by the young talented French composer Augustin Braud is also on the program. Like Frey, Braud was inspired by a natural phenomenon in his work Stargazer for NEuE. This unruly piece was composed for four trios scattered throughout the room, which form a common palate with different sound textures.

 

Jürg Frey
25 September 2021 | 8:15 pm
Nieuwe Kerk | Spui 175 | Den Haag
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26 October 2021 | 2:00 pm | Amsterdam
1984 (school performance)

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984 (school performance)
26 October 2021 | 2:00 pm
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Grote Zaal | Piet Heinkade 1 | Amsterdam

27 October 2021 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
1984 (PREMIERE)

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984 (PREMIERE)
27 October 2021 | 8:15 pm
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Grote Zaal | Piet Heinkade 1 | Amsterdam
Info & tickets

28 October 2021 | 8:00 pm | Den Haag
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
28 October 2021 | 8:00 pm
Amare | Spuiplein 150 | Den Haag
Info & tickets

2 November 2021 | 8:15 pm | Leiden
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
2 November 2021 | 8:15 pm
Stadsgehoorzaal | Breestraat 60 | Leiden
Info & tickets

3 November 2021 | 8:15 pm | Groningen
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
3 November 2021 | 8:15 pm
Stadsschouwburg Groningen | Turfsingel 86 | Groningen
Info & tickets

8 November 2021 | 8:30 pm | 's-Hertogenbosch
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
8 November 2021 | 8:30 pm
Verkadefabriek | Boschdijkstraat 45 | 's-Hertogenbosch
Tickets & info

10 November 2021 | 8:00 pm | Enschede
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation & dramaturgy

1984
10 November 2021 | 8:00 pm
Muziekcentrum Enschede, Grote Zaal | Noorderhagen 27 | Enschede
Tickets & info

11 November 2021 | 9:00 pm | Haarlem
NEuE & Wereldzee Ensemble

In collaboration with the New European Ensemble, a special edition of Tony Overwater’s Wereldzee Ensemble is being created, in which the rivers that flow into the Mediterranean Sea are the inspiration for new compositions.

Tony Overwater is a musical world traveler. The Boy Edgar winning Jazz bassist, has been traveling the world for over 30 years, taking something from all cultures with him. In 2015 he was asked to make music for the documentary series Om De Oude Wereldzee about the travels of politician Abraham Kuyper through the Orient. Tony Overwater directs the Wereldzee Ensemble, which brings together musicians from various movements and corners of the world to play music that forms a visual journey ‘Around the Old World Sea’, the Mediterranean Sea. He selected renowned musicians who are in one way or another connected with Kuyper’s travels.

Nizar Rohana – Ud | Rada Avcharova – viool | Nataša Grujić – viool | Emlyn Stam – altviool | Willem Stam – cello | Maarten Ornstein – klarinet | Rembrandt Frerichs – forte piano en harmonium | Tony Overwater – contrabas en violone | Ruven Ruppik – percussie

NEuE & Wereldzee Ensemble
11 November 2021 | 9:00 pm
Philharmonie Haarlem, Kleine Zaal | Lange Begijnestraat 11 | Haarlem
Tickets & info

14 November 2021 | 5:00 pm | 's-Hertogenbosch
November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo

With her expansive music ritual ‘YeonDo’, Seung-Won Oh sheds new light on the ancient Korean Catholic Church tradition. Before someone is buried, an inspired group prayer is held for the dead. The composer is fascinated by this unique death ritual that links Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea.

For example, during the YeonDo ritual, the dead remain in purgatory until the sins are forgiven and the ascension can begin. The mind is being prepared for its journey to a new world. Oh’s live music has a great physical appearance in which musical action and sound ritual flow into each other.

The New European Ensemble, the singers of Cappella Pratensis and alto Helena Rasker, play a leading role in her funeral mass, who unleash a thrilling and timeless ritual. All this under the direction of conductor Manoj Kamps. The sober but effective direction is once again in the hands of Matzer Theater Productions in collaboration with composer Seung-Won Oh. The sacred space of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and the heavenly lighting design by Tim van ‘t Hof form the ideal backdrop for Seung-Won Oh’s requiem.

November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo
14 November 2021 | 5:00 pm
Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre | Jeroen Boschplein 2 | 's-Hertogenbosch
Info & tickets

14 November 2021 | 8:30 pm | 's-Hertogenbosch
November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo

With her expansive music ritual ‘YeonDo’, Seung-Won Oh sheds new light on the ancient Korean Catholic Church tradition. Before someone is buried, an inspired group prayer is held for the dead. The composer is fascinated by this unique death ritual that links Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea.

For example, during the YeonDo ritual, the dead remain in purgatory until the sins are forgiven and the ascension can begin. The mind is being prepared for its journey to a new world. Oh’s live music has a great physical appearance in which musical action and sound ritual flow into each other.

The New European Ensemble, the singers of Cappella Pratensis and alto Helena Rasker, play a leading role in her funeral mass, who unleash a thrilling and timeless ritual. All this under the direction of conductor Manoj Kamps. The sober but effective direction is once again in the hands of Matzer Theater Productions in collaboration with composer Seung-Won Oh. The sacred space of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and the heavenly lighting design by Tim van ‘t Hof form the ideal backdrop for Seung-Won Oh’s requiem.

November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo
14 November 2021 | 8:30 pm
Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre | Jeroen Boschplein 2 | 's-Hertogenbosch
Info & tickets

16 November 2021 | 2:00 pm | Den Haag
Strange News (school performance) SOLD OUT!

In collaboration with Amare and the Royal Conservatoire, the NEuE is giving a free school performance in honor of the official opening of this brand new cultural building on the Spui.

Strange News (Rolf Wallin, 2007) is a 35-minute composition for ensemble, actor, surround sound and video screen. The play is about the children who are used worldwide as child soldiers.
Ugandan actor Arthur Kisenyi tells (in simple English) the story of one such child soldier. We see him live on stage and enlarged on the video screen. The screen also shows real images of child soldiers. All this is framed by Wallin’s powerful and cinematic music, performed by the New European Ensemble and students from the Royal Conservatoire.

Strange News
Strange News (school performance) SOLD OUT!
16 November 2021 | 2:00 pm
Amare | Spuiplein 150 | Den Haag

18 November 2021 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
YeonDo

With her expansive music ritual ‘YeonDo’, Seung-Won Oh sheds new light on the ancient Korean Catholic Church tradition. Before someone is buried, an inspired group prayer is held for the dead. The composer is fascinated by this unique death ritual that links Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea.

For example, during the YeonDo ritual, the dead remain in purgatory until the sins are forgiven and the ascension can begin. The mind is being prepared for its journey to a new world. Oh’s live music has a great physical appearance in which musical action and sound ritual flow into each other.

The New European Ensemble, the singers of Cappella Pratensis and alto Helena Rasker, play a leading role in her funeral mass, who unleash a thrilling and timeless ritual. All this under the direction of conductor Manoj Kamps. The sober but effective direction is once again in the hands of Matzer Theater Productions in collaboration with composer Seung-Won Oh. The sacred space of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and the heavenly lighting design by Tim van ‘t Hof form the ideal backdrop for Seung-Won Oh’s requiem.

YeonDo
18 November 2021 | 8:15 pm
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Grote Zaal | Piet Heinkade 1 | Amsterdam
Info & tickets