Cancelled - A Jazzy New year

Cultureel Centrum De Spil Roeselare
West Flanders
Fri 07.01.22 20:00
De Schouwburg Leuven
Flemish Brabant
Sat 08.01.22 20:00
Sun 09.01.22 15:00

Aaron Copland, Excerpts Music for the Theater

  • Mvt 1: Prologue
  • Mvt. 2: Dance
  • Mvt. 4: Burlesque

Frank Martin, Foxtrot
George Gershwin, Promenade
William Walton, Façade Suite no. 1
Darius Milhaud, La création du monde
Johan Strauss, Fledermaus Overture
Johann Strauss, Thunder and Lightning Polka
Johan Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz


The American sociologist Nicholas Christakis recently predicted a new ‘roaring twenties’ that may be just around the corner. Just like 100 years ago, when the end of the First World War and eradication of Spanish flu brought an enormous sense of joy and relief, the defeat of COVID-19 could spark an unprecedented social, economic and cultural resurgence.

The Belgian National Orchestra is looking ahead to this exciting new era, with a New Year Concert that, in addition to waltzes, polkas and marches composed by the Strauss family, also includes a musical ode to the 1920s. The first work to be performed is the suite Music for the Theatre in five movements by the American composer Aaron Copland. This composition contains a lot of jazz music and popular melodies.

The 15-minute ballet La création du monde is another high point of this New Year Concert conducted by Hugh Wolff. Darius Milhaud wrote this daring work in 1922/23, after discovering American jazz in London and New York. The famous conductor Leonard Bernstein described this work as "not a flirtation but a real love affair with jazz". As befits an early 20th century ballet, its premiere at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris was seen as a scandal.

Hugh Wolff, conductor


Hugh Wolff

Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation.  He has appeared with all the major American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, S