There’s still so much music to discover, even in a one-and-a-half-metre society. Come to the Gaudeamus Music Week, for instance, which is being held face-to-face and online from 9 to 13 September.
This year is the 75th anniversary of the Gaudeamus Music Week. Since the very first concert in 1945, the organisation has been supporting new music written and performed by the youngest generation of composers and musicians. Music designed to surprise, amaze, seduce and possibly even disturb you. In this anniversary edition, the organisation is exploring the boundaries between the physical and the virtual worlds. There’s a concert in one of the halls of TivoliVredenburg every evening. Only a select audience will be allowed in, but the concerts will also be livestreamed.
In the opening concert on 9 September, the classical ensemble Asko|Schönberg looks back at the past 75 years, with music by composers who have worked closely with Gaudeamus. On 10 September, violinist Diamanda Dramm (who usually wears the most extravagant robes designed by MAISON the FAUX) proves how versatile and theatrical a solo violin concert can be. Composer/sound artist Zeno van den Broek focuses on the relationship between man and machine in a piece that he wrote for Slagwerk Den Haag and a series of drum robots. Another tip is to join a walk across an idyllic country estate on the outskirts of Utrecht on 13 September, escorted by the young improvisation artists of the Utrecht cooperative BUI.
> 9 to 13 September, various locations & online