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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On Tuesday, August 13, the production Time Crawls will premiere during the festival De Zomer van Sint-Pieter in Leuven. Melodies by Jowan Merckx - member of Zefiro Torna - were arranged by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke for a new kind of broken consort, performed by an international top cast. The program traverses the European mainland from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from Ireland to the Black Sea via polkas, bourrées, jigs, Breton folk dances and waltzes, to the typical tonalities and rhythms of the Balkans.
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With the holidays ahead we announce our summer concerts. After some well-deserved rest, we're back on stage with B.I.G. at the MAfestival Bruges and Llibre Vermell at the Eté Mosan Festival. We also make time for the creation of the brand new production Time Crawls with melodies by Jowan Merckx, set by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke for a new kind of broken consort.
Both Balsam concerts on 6 and 7 May 2019, during the Lunalia festival, are now sold out. Want to see Balsam live? Come to Dil'Arte in Dilbeek on 6 April, there are still a few tickets left.
In Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Richard Wagner explores the world of the medieval Minnesänger and the 15/16th century Meistersinger. Poetry and music from historical masters such as Walther von der Vogelweide, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Neidhart von Reuental and Hans Sachs start dialoguing with romantic songs about the persona of Tannhäuser and Wagner’s colleagues. The text of the most widely known Minnesang ‘Unter den Linden’ was set to music by Frank Martin. The songbooks ‘Der verschwiegene Nachtigall’ by Edvard Grieg and Emil Sjögrens ‘Sechs Lieder aus Julius Wolff’s Tannhäuser’ also refer to the medieval repertoire of the Minnesang.
The narrative, that traditionally unfolds after a stereotypical description of nature coming into bloom, the so-called Natureingang, depicts themes such as fertility, courtly love and the idyll of springtime. Also philosophical reflections on the condition humaine and Weltschmertz, or moralising subjects, religious worship, pilgrimage, transitoriness and the memory of a beloved are topics of choice in the repertoire.
On their nostalgic trip, soprano Lore Binon and the musicians on lute, viola d’amore a chiavi, romantic guitar and pianoforte, blur the lines and distil the essence of the Zeitgeist and the custom of the Minnesang.
Lore Binon soprano
Didier François viola d’amore a chiavi
Petros Bakalakos pianoforte
Jurgen De bruyn lute, gittern, romantic guitar, vocals
Piet De Volder dramaturgy
In co-production with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen