Holland Festival

Holland Festival

 Bryce Dessner.The 65th Holland Festival, taking place this year from June 1 - 28, features world premieres from two major composers – Kaija Saariaho and Bryce Dessner.

Saariaho’s Circle Map is a 25-minute work for large orchestra and electronics. The piece is based on six poems by Rumi which are recited in Persian during the performance. Rather than being used as a support for the music, the text is showcased – after long polyphonic interludes the orchestra retreats to sustained chords while the poems are recited by the electronics player. Commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Circle Map will be premiered by Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a concert entitled ‘Out of the Box’ at the Westergasfabriek Gashouder, Amsterdam on June 22. Kraft by Magnus Lindberg is on the concert as well.

This unique performance space with its exceptional acoustics inspired the equally unique concert programme. There is an introduction by Thea Derks and an opportunity afterwards to meet the artist. For more information, and to buy tickets, please visit the Holland Festival website.

Bryce Dessner
’s music infuses the emotional power of the rock and pop genres with the complexity of classical music. He has written a new work for string orchestra which will be premiered by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta on June 16 at the Muziekgebouw Aan 't Ij Amsterdam as part of the Holland Festival. Other works by Dessner included in the programme are Raphael (Dutch premiere) and St. Carolyn by the Sea, which will be performed alongside the music of Jonny Greenwood.

Tickets for this concert can be found here.

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