South Netherlands Philharmonic
The South Netherlands Philharmonic was formed in 2013; a worthy and flexible symphony orchestra that has been lauded ever since for its quality, its tight ensemble play and the radiant enthusiasm of its musicians. Moreover, the South Netherlands Philharmonic is not only an orchestra that serves a huge area (beside Brabant and Limburg, also Zeeland), it is one of the largest orchestras of the Netherlands as well. The enormous orchestral masterpieces of Strauss, Mahler, Wagner and Stravinsky are a fantastic challenge for the orchestra and a real pleasure for the public. On account of its great size, the orchestra has extensive possibilities that can be put to use in a variety of areas, such as intensive education and talent development, but also through its numerous regional connections and innovation. As a result, in a few year’s time the South Netherlands Philharmonic has obtained a unique place in the social and cultural life of South Netherlands.
Ambition and Dynamism
The orchestra is now completely ready and shows the boldness and ambition to stick its neck out and play better than ever. Therefore, intendant Stefan Rosu has introduced three program lines, in order to connect the artistic ambitions of the orchestra with the wishes of the public as colorfully and diversely as possible. From these three program lines, he and programmer Jos Roeden have put together a most attractive and varied choice of subscription series. In the program line grand and adventurous, large-scale classical works stand next to the adventurous and proven modern repertoire that translates all the emotions of the present -day into matching music. Meanwhile, of course, the orchestra has not forgotten meanwhile the beloved nineteenth and twentieth century masterpieces. These heartwarming concert programs, full of boundless lyricism and joyful virtuosity, form the second program line. One last important lifeline for the vitality of the orchestra is the classical repertoire, the Haydns, Mozarts and Beethovens – sometimes accompanied by their just as interesting precursors and recent accents. Furthermore , in september 2016, Dmitri Liss started as chief conductor with great comments on his inauguration concert and he will contain putting a stamp on the orchestra’s achievements.
Education: music for young guests
Young guests are heartily welcome to the South Netherlands Philharmonic! The orchestra, therefore, has a diverse and high quality program of educational projects for all the South Netherlands. The South Netherlands Philharmonic gladly invites schools to come to the concert hall to listen to special educational concerts. In this way students experience live and close up the wealth of sounds of a symphony orchestra. With just as much pleasure, a small ensemble will go directly to a school so the youngest children can enjoy music from close by. For schools that would like to have the students investigate music for themselves, there are various workshops whereby, under the guidance of one of the musicians, they can actively participate in making music. So doing, over 20.000 children and young people discover the magic of music yearly!
More talent development
The orchestra gives much attention to talent development. Thus a structural collaboration was begun with the conservatories of Maastricht and Tilburg with the goal of adding orchestral playing to the curriculum whereby internships in the orchestra are offered. Besides that, the orchestra will continue its HaFa-project. In cooperation with the Limburg and Brabant Association of Music Clubs, the orchestra performs together with amateur concert bands. The amateur musicians recieve workshops from orchestra members and the HaFa conductors get the chance to work with a professional symphony orchestra. Young musical talent recieves the opportunity to obtain experience as soloist with the orchestra. This happens with the winners of the Prinses Christina Concours and and students of the Arcus College Heerlen, among others. Young vocal talents are guided in their career in the music field in collaboration with Opera Zuid. The orchestra will carry on its association with the Nationale Master Orkestdirectie whereby young conductors in training can rehearse the orchestra or help as assistant conductor in the rehearsal process. All this is done in the conviction that classical music is for everyone and has lost none of its expressive power even in a fast changing society.
The South Netherlands Philharmonic will be attending all major cities in the South Netherlands. And in this region the South Netherlands Philharmonic is more active than ever. Many concerts connect the orchestra directly to festive and important events such as the Liberation Concert, the annual commemoration at the American Cemetary at Margraten, the International Vocalist Concours and Opera op de Parade in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Jekerklassiek in Maastricht and Music on the Dommel in Eindhoven and, of course, the New Year Concert , the Mardigras and Carnaval Concerts , the Stabat Mater Concerts and the strong tradition of the Matthew Passion. But the orchestra will also be appearing at prominent festivals such as November Music and Musica Sacra Maastricht and many other festivities surrounding great events in the South Netherlands.
The orchestra is venturing ever further beyond the beaten path with innovative concert forms. So it is that the South Netherlands Philharmonic has made a mark on the map as an orchestra for today and an ensemble for everyone. With Spicy Classics the South Netherlands Philharmonic seeks students out and presents a program full of exciting cross-overs in dynamic surroundings. Casual Classics XL is a music festival in association with the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and Theater aan het Vrijthof with lots of fresh compositions for people who are curious about classical music : a live classical experience to attend in jeans.
Want to play along?
As musical heart of the South Netherland, the South Netherlands Philharmonic is a link between businesses and residents. Music plays a great role in everybody’s life and also has great value for the society in which we live. With the ever increasing participation of the business world and an enthusiastic Friends Foundation, we are succeeding in playing a fundamental role in the Southern Netherlands. Therefore become a friend of the orchestra, or come have a talk with us to join our active network of sponsors and partners. We will match our possibilities with your needs and wishes in order to create the ideal relationship. So together we stand stronger.