United Music of Brussels 2022, an artistic and cultural cross-over project
With United Music of Brussels, the Belgian National Orchestra, La Monnaie and Bozar will make music resound in atypical locations in our capital. For three days - on 24, 25 and 26 November - Brussels residents, music lovers and tourists can discover a musical trail through the city. Walk from one location to another and be surprised by a series of mini-concerts organised by the three federal cultural institutions. As icing on the cake, there will also be a free concert at Bozar on Friday with the world premiere of the First Symphony by Brussels composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps.
Mini concerts in the heart of Brussels
The mini-concerts along the musical trail will be given by musicians from the Belgian National Orchestra and La Monnaie. They form various ensembles, large and small, and let their imaginations run wild. An electro-acoustic clarinet? Check! A pianist's marathon? Check! Argentinian tango concerts? Check! An 'interstellar solo horn'? Check! A performance of Nonetto by Nino Rota? Check! Discover all this and more on a walking tour of Brussels! You will see the musicians at work in the covered galleries of Brussels city centre and also in atypical places on the Sablon and in the Marolles.
Fafchamps in Bozar
Warmed up by the many mini-concerts? Then atten the free concert on Friday evening 25 November in Bozar's legendary Henry Le Boeuf Hall! There, the Belgian National Orchestra, conducted by chief conductor Antony Hermus, will play not only film music and the symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, but also the world premiere of the First Symphony "Ombres Célestes" by Brussels-based Jean-Luc Fafchamps. He drew inspiration for its composition from space phenomena such as black holes, galaxies and the emptiness of the universe. Meet him in the video interview below!