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Berlage Saxophone Quartet, Karin Strobos & Martijn Cornet

FEIER/FIRE is a festive performance with a dark edge about impending doom and how we humans deal with it. With music by Gershwin, Cole Porter and Kurt Weill.

Head in the sand and party all the way into the abyss

The Roaring Twenties, amusical and cultural heyday between two world wars. Glitter and glamour are contrasted with impending and freshly remembered doom. It seems like a proverbial dance on the volcano, about 100 years ago, that looks suspiciously like our time.

The Berlage Saxophone Quartet and singers Karin Strobos and Martijn Cornet perform a selection of songs from this turbulent interwar period: the era of emerging jazz, big bands and, of course, the rise of the saxophone. George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Kurt Weill pass in review in arrangements by Wijnand van Klaveren. He deploys the saxophone quartet as big band, orchestra and "bar piano" all in one. They conjure every imaginable sound color out of their saxes. Choreographer and director Pim Veulings stages the whole in an undefined period.

Crises are of all times, and our reactions to them are frighteningly similar: head in the sand and partying all the way into the abyss.

A festive performance with a dark edge about impending doom and how we humans deal with it.

Mensch, Feier!


  • Berlage Saxophone Quartet
  • Karin Strobos
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  • Martijn Cornet
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  • Pim Veulings
  • Paul Boereboom
  • Wijnand van Klaveren

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Oranjewoud Festival is a low-threshold, multifaceted and stimulating music festival in the fairytale parkland of Oranjewoud near Heerenveen (Friesland) | May 30 to June 2, 2024

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