Ensemble 88‘s jubilee concert will start with a surprising presentation led by Baudouin De Jaer. This Belgian composer/pedagogue has collected a group of Limburg based amateur musicians with whom he will form an orchestra, rehearse and perform all in one day. The audience will also have a part in this ‘orchestre pour un jour’.
For this concert Ensemble 88 commissioned Dutch composer Rutger Muller to write a special composition for them. In his electroacoustic music he is always on the lookout interconnections between Western and Non Western classical music, mixed with elements of ambient-techno.
Pièce the résistance of this concert is an undisputed masterpiece from the contemporary repertoire: Music for a summer evening by American composer George Crumb (1929). Containing quotes from Bela Bartók’s famous Sonata for two pianos and percussion, Crumb looks for fascinating, evocative sound worlds. Ralph van Raat, a leading artist in the Dutch contemporary music scene, will be taking on this challenging piece together with E88-pianist Wouter Bergenhuizen
George Crumb – Music for a summer evening