De Doelen is organizing a one-time festival, unique in the Netherlands, around the idiosyncratic violin phenomenon Patricia Kopatchinskaja – PatKop for short. She invites one of her favorite artistic partners, the top orchestra Camerata Bern, over to Rotterdam.
Director of de Doelen Janneke Staarink: “Patricia Kopatchinskaja is one of the most idiosyncratic musicians of our time. She is not only a violinist, but has developed into a versatile performer. With a completely unique view of classical music. The freedom and creativity that goes into her programs, combined with the level at which she plays and performs is exceptional in every conceivable way. To be able to experience all sides of PatKop live in one weekend is magical and unique in the Netherlands.”
On October 21 Patricia Kopatchinskaja kicks off with a thematic program around Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen. On Saturday, Oct. 22, she and Camerata Bern will give a public side-by-side workshop to students from several Dutch conservatories.
On Sunday, Oct. 23, Patricia Kopatchinskaja will put down her violin. She will then take on the role of narrator/singer in Arnold Schoenberg’s blood-curdling and theatrical Pierrot Lunaire. In addition, on Sunday afternoon, her foray into filmmaking will be screened: a film adaptation of Kurt Schwitters’ Dadaist sound poem Ursonate.
The finale of this festive weekend is an adventurous and contemporary performance of Joseph Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte, which fuses music and video art by René Liebert.
Photo: Julia Wesely