New year's concert 2020

Sun 05.01.20 15:00
BOZAR
Ticketprice
€ 46 – 38 – 24 – 10
Tue 07.01.20 20:00
30CC/Schouwburg Leuven
Fri 10.01.20 19:00
Centre Culturel de Virton

George Gershwin, Cuban Overture

Georges Bizet, Carmen : suite (excerpts from the Suites I & II)

Giacomo Meyerbeer, The Skaters (excerpts)

Charles Gounod, Waltz from "Faust"

Johannes Brahms, Hungarian Dances Nr. 1 

Johann, Jr. Strauss, Pizzicato Polka

Johann, Jr. Strauss, Kaiser-Waltz, op. 437

Alexander Borodin, Prince Igor : Polovtsian Dances

Aram Khachaturian, Adagio from the "Spartacus" Suite

Aram Khachaturian, Waltz from the "Masquerade" Suite

Aram Khachaturian, Lezginka from the "Gayane" Suite

WALTZING AWAY

The nineteenth century was a turbulent time in Europa. For example, in just one hundred years, France evolved from a monarchy to a republic, to become an empire and finally a republic again. The rich Parisians, however, preferred to concentrate on other matters: “People spoke of nothing else, but balls and glittering soirees”, according to the flamboyant fashion journalist Octave Uzanne. A popular dance during these festivities was the waltz: the lively, whirling dance in ¾ time. Composers sometimes wrote them specifically for these occasions or as part of an opera or ballet.

And so Paris waltzed on. Despite all these troubles on the national front, France continued to expand its power aggressively on the world scene, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives. The power of the waltz makes us briefly forget the horrors of the real world. But beware if someone asks you to dance: forgetfulness soon turns to denial.