When news started to buzz, there would be a “Wiener Café” – or rather Wiener Kaffeehaus – evening at Branoul, free tickets for the pay-what-you-want performance sold out in no time. Friends, leaving it till too late, were disappointed. Their only option was, to try get tickets for the performance at an Amsterdam theater, a day later.
The volunteers had locked the door and were struggling with the Early Music Festival banner. It kept folding, rolling tight and likely with a sharp, nasty snap. The public waited patiently and looked on. We were locked out, but the glass wall gave us a view of the struggle. Members of Silva Norvegica and instruments turned up, each time having to knock on the door to be allowed in.
KuuB’s owner Mr. Jaap Roëll, introduced Scottish ensemble “Hesperi”. Their fringe concert took place in his art gallery. Tickets for this concert had completely sold out. Even extra seats provided by volunteers and the owner for people without tickets queuing to attend, were not enough to seat all! The last few people without tickets had to be turned away – and sadly, they missed a wonderful fringe concert. A truly fabulous concert!
Yippee! Yummy! The Fringe Schedule of this year’s Early Music Festival in Utrecht is online!
It was a cold evening, but as usual, the welcome was warm. So after showing our tickets and obtaining programs, my friends and I quickly found seats. I was especially looking forward to this performance, as the recital would be of works by my favorite poetess.
I nearly skipped from the Jong Barok’s fringe concert, across Utrecht and its market to Tivoli-Vredenburgh. This is the Early Music Festival’s hub for 10 days. The building contains several concert halls in different sizes. During the lunch hour, its largest hall is used for fringe concerts by musicians who have graduated from “just” fringe to the fabulous fringe group.
The opening concert of Utrecht’s 35th Early Music Festival by Gli Angeli was of course beautiful and impressive. By now, nothing less is expected of the festival’s artists in residence. Especially in the first Friday evening concert which kicks off the festival.
Last year’s Festival of Early Music with its theme “England my England” was a great success. Over 64,500 visitors, nearly 100 volunteers and 1000 musicians helped create a lasting memory for all who visited one or more concerts. At the end of the 2015 festival, the 35th festival’s theme was announced: “La Serenissima”!
Everybody is getting ready to celebrate a New Year – bar the few places in the world where this is forbidden. Yes, such places do exist! In some places in the world, celebrating New Year’s Eve this evening, is deemed too Christian – and thus forbidden.
The last literary salon of 2015 did not attract the usual crowd. Three people were moaning about it and commenting on the differences between the cultural scenes of several major cities. I listened to their moans and criticism, while idly sitting in the theatre’s corridor waiting for the doors to open.