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An exciting cultural season


This fall, in addition to a few concerts, Zefiro Torna is preparing a number of (inter)national productions that will premiere in spring 2020.
We are especially looking forward to work with the theater company Laika. Together we'll transform the Balsam program into a mysterious alchemical lab where the public is served elixirs, ointments, syrups, all while the music enchants.
In addition, we will bring a few noon concerts at Opera Vlaanderen with the Champions des Dames program.
We'll also celebrate Beethoven 2020 with the hybrid concert installation PASTORALE, in which the music helps shape an ecology of microscopic life forms.

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Lassus Grand Cru

— Musical wine tasting (2017)

Zefiro Torna - Stefaan Degand

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 touches all aspects of the soul: sometimes with poetry from the Pléiade, at times scabrous, vulgar or even explicitly erotic. The Italian villanelles and nonsensical moresche are colourful dancing songs that are easy on the ear, and also the German täpfrige drinking songs, referring in their texts to the profusely flowing wine and beer, are an essential ingredient of the evening.

The program forms a heavenly match with an exquisite selection of wines that can be tasted during the performance. The wines have been selected by a skilled wine expert, inspired by Lassus’s European home grounds and the songs’ specific characteristics. Counter tenor and certified oenophile Steve Dugardin and actor Stefaan Degand entertain the audience with delightful bits of trivia about Lassus’s life.

“A feast for all senses” Rhein-Neckar Zeitung, 23.04.2018

  • Cécile Kempenaers soprano
  • Steve Dugardin counter tenor & maître de cérémonie
  • Jan Van Elsacker tenor
  • Tiemo Wang/Florian Götz bass
  • An Van Laethem/Annelies Decock renaissance violin

  • Dimos de Beun recorder, spinet
  • Philippe Malfeyt lute, colascione
  • Jurgen De bruyn lute, renaissance guitar, artistic direction
  • local actor