The oldest classical music festival in Rotterdam will again take place in Rotterdam. August 13 and 14 the Park at the Euromast is once again filled with passion, romance and joie de vivre during the Weekend van de Romantische Muziek.
The festival opens on Saturday evening with the Moonlight Concert. Master pianist Thomas Beijer makes the keyboard come alive.
Swinging improvisations are provided by of violist Julia Philippens and Benjamin Herman plays jazzy tunes. Baritone Raoul
Steffani and mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos perform duets. The British double bass player Dominic Seldis (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) provides an upbeat note and every now and then the main artists combine their talents the chamber orchestra conducted by violist Myrthe Helder and cellist Leonard Besseling. Host Floris Kortie, known from Podium Witteman, will introduce all artists.
The Moonlight Concert opens with an atmospheric program of (world) music from all corners of the world. Batavierhuis, the breeding ground for young musical talent in Rotterdam, is a partner. Simone van der Weerden, one of the few female bandoneonists in Europe, will perform with her tango ensemble Locos lindos for example. Tickets for this concert can be ordered here.
A Sunday full of musical romance
Traditionally, the Dag van de Romantsiche Muziek treats visitors to a free music menu for young and old. The program features a varied selection of of performances, making it possible to get acquainted with different instruments ensembles and classical styles ranging from baroque to world music.
On the Beethoven stage visitors can enjoy the internationally famous piano virtuoso Alexander Ullman. The impressive vocal acrobatics of
soprano Maayan Licht are also there. Singer Sterre Konijn plays the Verdi Stage. At the Music Kiosk, DJ Brendan Jan Walsh will make classical music swing.
The Food Area serves several food stands like vegan croquettes from Cas & Kas or Mexican nachos from Esa’s and Pomms’ fries. High tea lovers will enjoy the pink food truck of Roosje Doorn.