Music Chapel Festival 2023

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Music Chapel Festival is back at Flagey From 6th to 9th December 2023 !

Dear music lovers, dear festivalgoers, dear Music Chapel devotees,

We are delighted to invite you to the 14th edition of the Music Chapel Festival, this year dedicated to one of the most emblematic figures in the whole history of music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A composer of genius, Mozart is undoubtedly the point of reference for all generations of musicians. This festival will take you on an exceptional journey through his work – from the symphonies to the string quintets by way of his vocal works. During four festival days you will be fully immersed in the work of this major figure of classical music.

Two internationally renowned orchestras will accompany the artists on stage: Sinfonia Varsovia and Brussels Philharmonic, a loyal partner of the Music Chapel Festival, without forgetting the Vlaams Radiokoor conducted by Bart van Reyn. We are also delighted to present such exceptional artists as Belcea Quartet, Augustin Dumay, Miguel da Silva, Frank Braley and Avedis Kouyoumdjian. Our Mozart festival will also be showcasing the talent of our young Artists in Residence!

On the program:

  • Four prestige evenings: featuring Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 21 and 23, the Concertone for Two Violins, and the Double Piano Concerto. The Belcea Quartet will be offering an exceptional evening of string quartet music, joined by Miguel da Silva for the String Quintet in C Minor. The closing evening will be devoted to the Mass in C minor, considered the pinnacle of the composer’s sacred music.
  • A family show, Flûte!, based on The Magic Flute, presented by Compagnie Artichoke on Saturday 9 December at 11:00.
  • Seven chamber music concerts: including 4 of the 6 string quintets (offered over 3 concerts), keyboard quartets, sonatas, opera arias, and works inspired by the maestro.
  • Fest’OFF, with lectures every day at 19:00 in Studio 2 in the company of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Anne Hermant and Quatuor Elmire; Jeunesses Musicales workshops on Wednesday afternoons; a Mozart open stage for our young artists to improvise musical moments; and, of course, a special surprise for children on Wednesday 6 December!

We would like to use this Music Chapel Festival to thank the public and our season-ticket holders for their loyalty and to thank the Music Chapel’s patrons, our structural partners, sponsors (ING and Proximus) and public partners (notably the Province of Walloon Brabant, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, BELSPO, and the National Lottery) for their support.

We wish you all a fantastic festival!

Anne-Lise Parotte – Artistic Director