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Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020 announces first names from eclectic, multidisciplinary programme

Wednesday 8 Jul 2020 — The Gaudeamus Muziekweek will present an array of diverse shows that deal creatively with the post-corona society this year from 9 to 13 September. Each night there will be a concert with limited capacity in one of the halls of TivoliVredenburg, that will also be streamed online for the whole world to see. There will be performances especially developed to experience online, but also unique happenings that only a select audience will be able to participate in. Today ticket sales for the first concerts has started.

75 years of Gaudeamus
Gaudeamus celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The organisation has supported new music by young composers since the very first concert that founder Walter Maas organised in Huize Gaudeamus. Music that consistently looks to the future and often stretches the boundaries of what music or a performance can sound and look like – like the innovative performance of Diamanda Dramm this year. Asko|Schönberg takes a dive through the last 75 years in the opening concert, playing (fragments of) pieces by composers with a close connection to Gaudeamus. Like Louis Andriessen, Yannis Kyriakides and Calliope Tsoupaki, the current Dutch Composer Laureate, who writes a brand new piece for the jubilant festival. Tsoupaki’s piece Thin Air – that she wrote as a commission of Festivals for Compassion in solidarity with everyone who is touched by corona virus in some way – will be played during a lunchbreak concert by Harp Sirens and Duo Ebano.

Virtual world
In this anniversary edition the boundaries between the physical and the virtual world is explored. Composer/sound artist Zeno van den Broek writes a piece for Slagwerk Den Haag and four drum robots, that researches the relationship between man and machine. Composers Luke Deane and Maya Felixbrodt curate a virtual environment with interactive compositions and there is a series of workshops and lectures that can be followed online. This includes a talk with Kees Tazelaar and Laura Agnusdei on the development of electronic music in The Netherlands and the role of Gaudeamus in that. Jonás Bisquert leads a seminar on inspirations and opportunities in a cosmopolitan musical environment. In other concerts it’s all about a unique physical one-time experience, like in an outdoor walking concert by BUI.

Ticket sale started
The ticket sale for this first series of concerts has started today via the website of Gaudeamus. Later this month, the other concerts for which a ticket can be bought will follow. In August, a final batch of online performances will be announced. For all the concerts we are strictly following corona guidelines and most of them are simultaneously live streamed. The viewer can donate for the online content on a pay-as-you-like basis.

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