Collaboration Liberation Concert


Collaboration Liberation Concert

Since 2006, Stichting Liberation Concert has organized the yearly commemoration concert at the American cemetery in Margraten.

The American cemetery Margraten has a special place in and around Maastricht. In 1945 the Dutch government gave the cemetery’s land on perpetual loan to the United States. As a sign of respect and gratitude. The cemetery is managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The Memorial Center Margraten foundation focuses on the creation of an educational museum concept. The Stichting Adoptie Graven Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten offers the opportunity to adopt the grave of a fallen soldier. A unique phenomenon worldwide. Meanwhile, all 8301 graves have been adopted.

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Music education

Liberation Concert and philharmonie zuidnederland have a long-term collaboration concerning music education, in order to engage young people with the commemoration in a meaningful way. One of the central topics is freedom: what is freedom, and what does it mean to them? Read more about the Monoloog voor de Vrijheid and Sounds of Freedom. 

Monoloog voor de Vrijheid (Monologue for Freedom)
In the performance Monoloog voor de Vrijheid, young students reflect on the concept of ‘Freedom’, which the Southern Netherlands acquired in 1944 thanks to the efforts of American soldiers. Actress Lindsay Zwaan and two musicians from philharmonie zuidnederland, tell the story of the 20-year-old John Morrison from Ohio, who was buried in Margraten. The Monologue describes how he sacrificed his life for our freedom. In the Monoloog voor de Vrijheid, students are asked questions about freedom. What is freedom really? What responsibilities should be taken to preserve freedom, as well as to share this freedom with everyone?


Sounds of Freedom

In Sounds of Freedom, high school students create a musical message for the relatives of American soldiers buried in Margraten. Students of the United World College and the Bonnenfantencollage worked together with composition students from the conservatories in Tilburg and Maastricht. The groups composed their pieces online, after which they met each other in real life for the first time on the 17th of May, in the AINSI-theatre in Maastricht - at 1,5m distance of course. Here, all compositions were rehearsed and performed by an ensemble consisting of musicians from philharmonie zuidnederland, led by conductor Lucas Vis. During the rehearsal, students had the opportunity to give feedback on the performance of their piece, before all the Sounds of Freedom-compositions were performed and recorded. On the 31st of May, Memorial Day, all personal video messages will be sent to the relatives of soldiers buried in Margraten.

The composition below is one of the compositions made in 2021:

Contact us!

Would you like to know more about the Liberation Concert? Contact Erwin Pellemans via erwin.pellemans@philharmoniezuidnederland.nl

Or are you curious about our educationprojects that are part of the Liberation Concert? Contact Adeline van Campen via adeline.vancampen@philharmoniezuidnederland.nl if you would like to know more about Monoloog voor de Vrijheid or with Wilma Hollanders via wilma.hollanders@philharmoniezuidnederland.nl if you're interested in Sounds of Freedom.