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 Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 1pm 
The New Babylon
Holland Festival

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor, Nederlands Kamerkoor
Markus Stenz
choral conductor Netherlands Radio Choir
Klaas Stok
choral conductor Nederlands Kamerkoor
Boudewijn Jansen
Marisol Montalvo (Inanna), Guibee Yang (Die Seele), Gabriele Schnaut (Euphrat)
Jussi Myllys (Tammu), Steven Ebel (Priester)
Robert Bork (Priesterkönig/Der Tod)
Kai Wessel (Skorpionmensch)
speaking voice
Franz Mazura (Ezechiel)
Simon Duus (Der Schreiber)
NTR ZaterdagMatinee

The Israelite exile Tammu and the priestess Inanna declare their love for each other within the walls of Babylon. Tammu is sacrificed, and Inanna descends into the underworld to bring back her lover. Babylon is the second opera by Jörg Widmann, who studied under Wolfgang Rihm. Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk wrote the libretto. The world premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in 2012 was spectacular, thanks to Widmann’s overwhelming music. A concert version is being performed at the NTR Saturday Matinee. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Markus Stenz, promise virtuoso vocal scores and a ‘Babylonian’ polyphony of styles and sounds.

Joerg Widmann : The New Babylon

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 Friday, June 09, 2017 at 8.30pm 
George Crumb, John Cage, Henry Cowell
Holland Festival

Margaret Leng Tan

Metamorphoses, Book I (2017) is George Crumb’s long-awaited new work for amplified piano. He is the Holland Festival’s composer in focus this year. Crumb wrote this com­position specifically for pianist Margaret Leng Tan. He once called her ‘a sorceress of the piano’ because she is so thoroughly familiar with the unusual sound palette and playing techniques he requires. Tan caused a furore with her virtuoso performance of Crumb’s famous Makrokosmos cycle, and worked for a long time with John Cage, whose The Perilous Night is on the programme too. There are also compositions by one of the founders of the American ex­perimental tradition, Henry Cowell, some of which are played entirely without using the piano keys.

John Cage : The Perilous Night
Henry Cowell : The Tides of Manaunaun
Henry Cowell : Aeolian Harp
Henry Cowell : The Banshee
George Crumb : Advertisement
George Crumb : Metamorphoses, Book I

10 Jun

 Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8.30pm 
Holland Festival

Mouse on Mars

They will all be performing together on one stage: the avant-garde orchestra Ensemble Musikfabrik, the electronic pioneers Mouse on Mars, conductor André de Ridder, and an array of percussion robots. This concert will certainly be an exceptional combination of electronic and acoustic sounds. Mouse on Mars has been at the forefront of electronic music for years now. Band members Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma prove their place with these two new compositions. The evening will begin in complete darkness with a performance of De Umbris Idearum... The acousmatic memory palace. This dark and experimental composition includes percussion robots and a lighting installation which responds to the music. It will be followed by the larger and lighter work Paeanumnion, a compelling hybrid of electronic and orchestral music.

Mouse on Mars : De Umbris Idearum … The acousmatic memory palace
Mouse on Mars : Paeanumnion

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 Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 5pm 
Sacred Environment Kate Moore
Holland Festival

Sacred Environment is a ground-breaking new work by the Dutch-Australian composer Kate Moore and visual artist Ruben van Leer, commissioned by the Holland Festival and NTR Radio. The oratorio is being performed and sung by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir. The Australian singer Alex Oomens goes on a virtual reality dream-track towards the Hunter Valley in Australia, originally the territory of the Dharug, Darkinjung and Wonnarua people. The audience will follow her on a big screen in search of the stoneless temple. In this piece, the changing meaning of sacred ground in our demythologised society is being explored. A similar issue is touched upon in Haunted Landscape by George Crumb, the festival’s composer in focus this year. The concert opens with Steven Mackey’s energetic piece Lost and Found. Expect multi-layered soundscapes.

Steven Mackey : Lost and Found
George Crumb : A haunted landscape
Kate Moore : Sacred Environment

24 Jun

 Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9.30pm 
Tom Jenkinson Premiere
Holland Festival

James McVinnie Organ
Tom Jenkinson Bass Guitar

Tom Jenkinson is famous as Squarepusher for his rapid and unsettling beats. He is also a phenomenal bass player and has been fascinated by the organ from an early age. In this concert, he shares the stage with James McVinnie, who was an organist at Westminster Abbey, and is also a virtuoso performer of contemporary music. McVinnie has worked with composers like Nico Muhly and Oneohtrix Point Never (Holland Festival, 2014). The programme includes an earlier organ work Jenkinson wrote for McVinnie, as well as a piece written especially for this Proms concert: a duet for organ and bass guitar, in which Jenkinson is also playing. McVinnie also performs a rarely heard organ work by Philip Glass and an early work by organ giant Olivier Messiaen.

Tom Jenkinson : Selection from: Solo Electric Bass 1
Tom Jenkinson : Space Frame Suite
Olivier Messiaen : Le banquet céleste
Philip Glass : Mad Rush
Tom Jenkinson : new work (2017) for electric bass and organ

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