Even in the 16th century, people already knew that masterful Renaissance composer Orlandus Lassus's music leaves no one untouched. The fact that his sweet tones created a perfect concordance with great wine, was an open secret.
Zefiro Torna now combines both elements - Lassus's popular repertoire on the one hand, and a selection of exclusive wines on the other – into the sensuous production Lassus Grand Cru. During this musical wine tasting, countertenor and skilled wine expert Steve Dugardin, along with a professional actor, will entertain the audience with exquisite faits divers about Lassus's life.
Zefiro Torna will be touring in Belgium and abroad with this tasteful production.
"Raise the glass! Start the song! Come, let’s cheer, let’s drink, As long as the bright stars shine, as long as the fine bottle bestows on us its content, and the full glass beckons us to enjoyment. Come, my friends, let’s make a toast! Let us all drink!" (Anon., 16thC)
We would like to raise our glass with you on the dawn of this new year in a literal way: during the performance of Lassus Grand Cru, wine flows abundantly to the sounds of Lassus' sweet and danceable songs. In our performance of Slumber, soprano Lore Binon, cellist Benjamin Glorieux and lutenist Jurgen De bruyn will submerge you in nightly atmospheres. Furthermore, 2018 brings many foreign adventures. Coming spring, Zefiro Torna will tour the Netherlands (Slumber and Lassus Grand Cru), France (Scattered Rhymes), Italy (De Fragilitate), Germany and the Czech Republic (Lassus Grand Cru).
We wish you a creative, lovely and exquisit 2018!
Sunday 29 October is the end of daylight saving time. No better medicine to enter the cold winter days than the warm, healing sounds of the Balsam production. After a sold-out Belgian premiere in Leuven, we will bring this program to Bierbeek on 29 October.
A day earlier we will make some Brugse cafés unsafe, together with vocal ensemble Viermaliks, with drinking songs of Orlandus Lassus during Klara's event 'Iedereen Klassiek'. The grand finale of this Lassus Café Chantant will take place in the Concertgebouw Brugge.
After the successful collaboration with the puppet theatre group Ultima Thule during NERF (2013), we are presenting a second music theatre performance B.I.G. (14+). The production will be premiered on 15 September at the Minardschouwburg in Ghent, and will then continue on a tour through Flanders.
A month ago, we ended our concert season with JUST =, an extraordinary production in cooperation with ARSENAAL / LAZARUS, commissioned by the city festival OP.RECHT.MECHELEN. In the meantime, we are working on the brand new musical theatre production B.I.G., which will premiere coming autumn. And of course, we are looking forward to the summer festivals in Belgium and abroad.
Read our newsletter and find out where to find us this summer. We wish you a splendid summer!
The masterful renaissance composer Orlandus Lassus performed all contemporary 16th-century music genres with similar easy and lucidity. Apart from writing impressive spiritual works such as masses, passions and motets, he also applied himself to more popular genres. During Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture, that had an important focus on Lassus, the idea of organising a Lassus Pub Crawl arose. Amateur choirs from numerous European cities gathered around Orlandus Lassus’ repertoire of French chansons, Italian villanelles and German drinking songs. Together they took the audience on a musical journey with short concerts in the setting of cafés and taverns.
From this repertoire, lute player and artistic director Jurgen De bruyn compiled an elysian program for professional vocalists and instrumentalists. The French chansons play all the strings of the soul: sometimes with poetry from the Pléiade, sometimes scabrous, vulgar or even explicitly erotic. The Italian villanelles and nonsensical moresche are colourful dancing songs that are easy on the ear. Also the German täpfrige drinking songs, referring in their texts to the profusely flowing wine and beer, may not be lacking.
The program forms a heavenly match with an exquisite selection of wines that can be tasted during the performance. Connoisseur of wines Emmanuel Vandeperre (Vineplus) carefully selects these wines, finding inspiration in Lassus’ European home grounds and the song’s specific characteristics. Counter tenor and certified oenophile Steve Dugardin and actor Stefaan Degand entertains the audience with delightful trivia.
Stefaan Degand actor
Steve Dugardin maître de cérémonie