MuCH Music 2019-2020, season 5!
The MuCH season has succeeded in finding a place for itself, in the space of a few years, in the cultural landscape of Walloon Brabant and of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. A new public has shown its enthusiasm for the Chapel’s program and project.
The 2019-2020 season is exceptional as it takes place in the context of the Music Chapel’s 80th anniversary, with the exceptional support of the National Lottery. The season consists of 80 concerts and masterclasses and comprises different series: Prestige, Guest, Associated Artist, Discovery and Laboratory.
This anniversary season will welcome several Guest Masters in residence: Eckart Runge (former member of the Artemis Quartet) in chamber music and with his partner Jacques Ammon in concert from Beethoven to the Beatles, “Rollover Beethoven”; the Jerusalem Quartet in concert and masterclass; pianist Piotr Anderszewski in a focus on Mozart’s concertos during a masterclass;
french baritone Stéphane Degout, in partnership with La Monnaie, will also give a masterclass at the Music Chapel, as well as the violinist Corina Belcea.
As for the masters in residence at the Chapel, they will be performing on several occasions: Sophie Koch, “Guest Master” in the voice section, will open the season with the young singers from the Chapel; Gary Hoffman & Miguel da Silva will give a concert to mark the release of the first recording of the Rolston String Quartet, Associated Artists in residence. Gary Hoffman will also participate in a 100% Hoffman concert for Natania Hoffman’s Artist Diploma; Louis Lortie has taken on the challenge of performing the complete Beethoven sonatas, in four periods throughout 2020, with, between each concert, the complete symphonies transcribed by Liszt and performed by the young artists. These two projects will be performed both at the Music Chapel and in Montreal (Bourgie Hall).
Augustin Dumay, Lorenzo Gatto and other young soloists in residence will give a concert in memory of Eugène Ysaÿe, retracing his lineage and heritage to this day. Lastly, to end the season, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden will give a prestigious recital with Nancy Zhou, Associated artist in residence.
Also worth mentioning is our “guest of the season”, Lorenzo Gatto, Associated Artist and teacher since October 2018. In particular, he will perform the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with his partner of choice, Julien Libeer, also an Associated Artist of the Chapel. We must also mention the ‘Artist Diplomas’ of our Associated Artists, Ella Van Poucke, Katarina Van Droogenbroek, the Girard Quartet, Elia Cohen-Weissert, Natania Hoffman and Fabien
Let’s not forget the preparations that will take place for the 2020 Queen Elisabeth Competition (Piano) with Mozart’s concertos on 29 January and also the major concertos with the Belgian National Orchestra on 2 April at St Johns.
To conclude, several creations were commissioned by the Chapel, from Joel Hoffman and from the young composer Harold Noben.
Happy 80th Anniversary, Music Chapel! We wish you all a beautiful season.