Eight highlights for the Oranjewoud Festival 2018 announced
For the first time in more than ten years, British violinist Nigel Kennedy will be in the Netherlands, this time to perform during the Oranjewoud Festival. This classical music festival is part of the main programme for Leeuwarden-Friesland: the European Capital of Culture 2018 that announced its programme for the year on 3 October. Other musicians who will be performing in the Frisian village of Oranjewoud include French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and Italian pianist Francesco Tristano. Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut will be given carte blanche.
Kennedy will be performing his new Bach repertoire that will be released on a CD this coming spring. Bach and ‘Chronicals of a digital era’ are both main themes for the festival. Artistic director Yoram Ish-Hurwitz: ‘Bach’s music is woven like a DNA chain into centuries of Western musical history but is still as fresh and relevant as ever. The festival’s programme demonstrates this, for example, with the mathematical projections shown during Tristano’s Goldberg City Variations and the combination of Bach’s music with electronic instruments played by German baroque group, Musica Sequenza.’
Noa Wildschut, who was recently in the media for the première of the documentary film A Family Quartet directed by Simonka de Jong and for Warner’s release of her debut CD, will be heard in three different concerts during the Oranjewoud Festival: in the opening concert as soloist in Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 accompanied by the Noord Nederlands Orkest, in a chamber music programme that also features cellist Quirine Viersen and pianist Enrico Pace, and in a literary performance with writer Joke van Leeuwen and recorder player Lucie Horsch.
The Oranjewoud Festival will be held next year from 1 through 10 June. It is one of the more than 40 projects making up the main programme of the European Capital of Culture. The rest of the festival programme will be announced in mid-January.