- Tuesday March 19 - Excerpts from arias and opera choruses - Gala evening at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels for the benefit of Multiple Sclerosis with the Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles under the direction of Jacques Vanherenthals
- Saturday April 20 - Requiem de Mozart at Saint-Jacques church in Tournai with the Chapelle Musicale de Tournai under the direction of Philippe Gérard
- Tuesday December 10 - Mass en B minor of J-S. Bach on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles at BOZAR under the direction of Jacques Vanherenthals
In 2024 the European Union Choir is invited:
December 9 2023 - Piano Concerto No. 5 (Beethoven) - Hör mein Bitten & Die erste Walpurgisnacht (Mendelssohn) Center for Fine Arts Brussels
The EUROPEAN UNION CHOIR organizes an exceptional concert!
On the program are two masterful works performed with the « Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles »:
In the first part, Beethoven's piano concerto n°5, known as the «Emperor Concerto», conducted by Jacques Vanherenthals and performed by pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha.
Since the revelation of his talent at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which he won unanimously at the age of 19, he has performed in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and the rest of the world.
The Emperor Concerto is Beethoven’s last and certainly his mightiest work.
In the second part, the hymn « Hör mein Bitten » for soprano, choir and orchestra followed by
the secular Cantata « Die erste Walpurgisnacht » by Mendelssohn, conducted by Dirk De Moor.
The text is a poem by Goethe that tells of the efforts of the druids of the Harz Mountains to perform their pagan rituals as a counterweight to the new
dominant Christian forces. This mesmerizing work swings us back and forth between belief and superstition.
Soloists : Julie Gebhart, sop. / Cécile Lastchenko, mezzo / Markus Ensthaller, ten. / Matthew Zadow, bar.
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For its Spring Concert, the European Union Choir will perform FAURÉ's REQUIEM and the SAINT-SAËNS' REQUIEM.
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) was a pupil of Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) and through this concert, we wanted to pay tribute to these 2 geniuses of 19th century composition.
This magnificent program will be performed at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, rue de la Régence 30, on Saturday March 25, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.
The Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, the European Union Choir and the soloists: Julie Gebhart, sop. - Julie Bailly, alt. - Laurens-Alexander Wyns, ten. - Samuel Namotte, bas. / Emmanuel Clacens, org.- will be conducted by Dirk De Moor.
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The European Union Choir is invited by the Orchester Symphonique de Nivelles under the direction of Arnaud Giroud to perform Mozart's Requiem accompanied by soloists Céline Rémy, Marie-Laure Coenjaerts, Sébastien Romignon Ercolini, Bruno Silva Resende.
As a prelude, the Overture to the "Flûte Enchantée" and the delicate "Concerto for clarinet" (soloist: Bethsabée Hatzfeld).
These concerts will take place on December 4 in Nivelles and December 11 in Brussels.
The programme for this concert takes us back to 1791, Mozart’s last year, during which he composed some of his most famous works.
The concert opens with the Overture to “The Magic Flute”, one of Mozart’s last operas (a Singspiel), which starts with three stately chords that are repeated regularly throughout the opera.
It continues with the graceful “Clarinet Concerto” (soloist: Bethsabée Hatzfeld), one of the first of its kind and probably one of the most beautiful. Written for his friend, virtuoso clarinettist Anton Stadler, it has the classical structure of concertos, with 3 movements. The 2nd movement has become one of the most popular tunes of classical music, partly thanks to Sidney Pollack’s film, Out of Africa. For the concerto, the orchestra accompanies clarinettist Bethsabée Hatzfeld.
The concert closes with the monumental and mythical “Requiem” (soloist: Céline Rémy, Marie-Laure Coenjaerts, Sébastien Romignon Ercolini, Bruno Silva Resende). Shrouded in mystery, the story behind it, drawing on the context in which it was composed and the way it is portrayed in Milos Forman’s film Amadeus, is far too complex compared to the facts. The only certainty is that the “Requiem” was a commissioned work that Mozart was not able to complete himself due to his untimely death.
Sunday December 4, 2022 - 17h30
Collégiale Sainte Gertrude Nivelles
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Sunday December 11, 2022 - 16h00
Kerk of Saint Jacques sur Coudenberg, Bruxelles
Under the High Patronage of Marya Gabriel, European Commissioner, Honorary President of the Women of Europe Association
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Concert for the benefit of the humanitarian projects of the Women of Europe Association
The municipality of Koksijde has maintained a sponsorship relationship with the he Royal symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides for 15 years. On the occasion of this anniversary, the Royal symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides will present Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, in collaboration with the Beauvarlet choir from Koksijde, the Choirs of the European Union, the choir from Arenberg and 3 soloists from the Music Chapel Queen Elizabeth.
A concert not to be missed on November 17, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. at Notre-Dame des Dunes Church.
Tickets: via the municipality of Coxyde
16.10.2022 - 6 pm - with the Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles Lobgesang - MENDELSSOHN & Cello concerto op 33 - Saint-Saëns Center for Fine Arts Brussels
L’Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles (dir. Jacques Vanherenthals), the European Union Choir (dir. Dirk De Moor) performing at the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels on OCTOBER 16, 2022 6 p.m.
The magnificent and talented Marie Hallynck will perform the Camille Saint Saëns (1872) interpretation of the Concerto in A minor opus 33 for cello. Many composers, including Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, have considered this concerto one of the greatest of all cello concertos.
In addition, this brilliant performer also has a surprise in store for us….
Félix Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang Symphony-cantata" is a masterpiece made specially for large choirs. In addition 3 soloists, organ and orchestra appear in this work. Based on Biblical text, this grandiose hymn was composed and premiered in 1840 in Leipzig. This solemn work celebrates the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Gutenberg press. Its current form is a version that has been reworked and refined many times by the composer himself. A work that is reminiscent of the ‘Ode to Joy’ by L. van Beethoven (1824).
Julie Gebhart, soprano
Katarina Van Droogenbroeck, mezzo-soprano
Markus Ennsthaller, tenor
Pierre Brunello, organo
You will not want to mois the unique, vocal and musical stylings provided by the performers, enhanced by the originality of the works and the rarity of their performance in concert.
September, 7th - CARMINA BURANA - C. ORFF - Gala Concert of the Medical Services performed by the Royal symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
The Gala Concert of the Medical Services takes place on Wednesday 7th September 2022 in the concert hall Bozar Brussels with the interpretation of the “Carmina Burana” performed by the Royal symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides, the Arenberg choir, the European Union Choir and 3 soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Graciela Morales, François Pardailhé and Halidou Nombre.
This event is organized by the non-profit organization “vzw Medic”.
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For its annual Spring Concert, the European Union Choir will sing the monumental St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels . The Choir will be joined by longtime collaborators: conductor Jacques Vanherenthals, a Bach specialist and
the Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles. Renowned soloists will join the 80 choristes from 25 different nationalities to present this marvelous concert.
The St. John Passion is structured almost like an opera.
Bach accentuates the drama by using numerous theatrical effects:
a central plot, succession of
scenes and variety of characters alternated with traditional chorals.
European Union Choir, Dirk De Moor, choir master
Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, Jacques Vanherenthals, direction
Alice Depret, soprano
Katarina Van Droogenbroeck, alto
Markus Ennsthaller, tenore
Teun Michiels, tenore
Stefaan De Moor, baritone
Matthew Zadow, baritone
Shadi Torbey, basse
Sun. 14.05.2022 - 20:00
Royal Music Conservatory - Brussels
Tickets Sale: The concert is SOLD OUT
Production: European Union Choir - www.eusing.eu
What could be a better way to end this difficult year than by enjoying the creative sounds of Camille Saint-Saëns with the European Union Choir?!
In remembrance of his death 100 years ago, we pay tribute to this tremendous composer.