Passion and Love, the recurrent theme of the 2015 Klarafestival

Klarafestival 2015 offers a lavish programme with several international top names, surprising productions, daring programmes and exciting combinations of styles and art forms. Entitled 'If love could be...', Klarafestival will run from Friday 6 to Saturday 21 March with passion and love as the recurrent theme.

There will be numerous concerts by prestigious orchestras, ensembles and conductors in Bozar, Flagey, deSingel and the Concertgebouw Brugge, contemporary music theatre in cooperation with Ancienne Belgique, a film classic with live music as well as smaller, though all the more surprising productions, with cutting edge artists from Belgium and abroad in the Kaaitheater, Bronks and even in the legendary Brussels nightclub The Fuse. The Italian conductor Giovanni Antonini and his ensemble Il Giardino Armonico have signed up for a three-day residence in Bozar, deSingel and the Concertgebouw. Other promising artists include René Jacobs, Stef Kamil Carlens, Teodor Currentzis, Serge Verstockt, Guido Belcanto, Hilary Hahn, Piotr Beczala, Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, George Petrou, Julia Lezhneva, Shanti! Shanti!, Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust, RIAS Kammerchor, Brussels Philharmonic, Kaleidoskop and I Solisti del Vento.

Klarafestival also bathes in an atmosphere of passion and love over the Klara airwaves with daily, live reporting from the concert halls and several radio programmes taking up the theme.

With this edition, Klarafestival sets off on its Passion-Compassion Trilogy that will run until 2017. Passion and compassion from the perspective of love is the starting point of the first part in March 2015. Passion as emotion, life source, desire and lust. Yet, also it is themed as compassion, death, suffering and chastity. The way this theme is approached is typical of the Klarafestival: boundaries are tested, the old repertoire is given new life and unusual combinations are explored, with the mythical lovers' pairs Tristan and Iseult and Romeo and Juliet as the spearheads.

HRZSCHMRZ – First ever performance of the new ChampdAction and Serge Verstockt production at the AB.

Every year, Klarafestival produces a new music theatre production. In HRZSCHMRZ Serge Verstockt and ChampdAction consider Klarafestival’s question about love. They go in search of the meaning of longing in a world in which tangible reality and virtual dreams appear increasingly to be interconnected. Does love still need a body? And what about the desire to sacrifice our meagre existence to a love that is greater? After Hold Your Horses, Serge Verstockt is again writing a ‘Grand Opéra de Trash’, the second part of what will ultimately be a trilogy. Expect an insane road trip through time and space, cyberspace and real space: passing along the way gaming Japanese, digital porno, praying nuns, singing avatars, a choir of megaphones, Guido Belcanto as troubadour singer and a thousand burning hearts. This new production will be created in the Ancienne Belgique.

SUPERNOVA – Young creative and innovative talent from Flanders and Brussels.

Flanders and Brussels boast a great deal of talent amongst it young classical musicians. But, who are they and what makes them so unique? Discover it all during this concert in the framework of the cooperation project Supernova. Supernova is an initiative of large concert organisations from the region that want to offer a chance to play on stage to young musicians with a nose for quality, nerve and ambition. This comes about through a competition, a début concert during Klarafestival and a concert tour of Flanders and Brussels cultural centres. The three Supernova 2014 laureates include such promising names like Mosa Trio, Zerkalo Quartet and the brass ensemble O’Brass.

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