How can classical music pull in young audiences and combat the stereotype of  being “something boring for old people”? Talented teen ambassadors could do the trick.

A concert played by young talents (13-16 years) with an interactive format – each piece will be presented in a special way on-stage by Maria Misltein. She will tell about the composers and hold mini-interviews with the musicians in-between the pieces, allowing the audience to ask questions, too. Because of this communication and of the earlier starting time (19.00), this concert is meant for young and curious, as well as for the adults who want to enjoy a beautiful evening full of classical music with their (grand) children!

The concert takes place in a very special location – Vondelkerk (Vondel Church). This newly restored unique historical building very often hosts classical performances due to its beautiful acoustics and atmosphere.  Originally created in 1872-1879 by the famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers (1827-1921) who also designed Central Station and Rijksmuseum, the church was closed in 1978 because it lay completely in ruins. The restoration was completed by Amsterdam Monuments Fund in 1985. This astonishing example of the “New catholic churches renewal movement” found inspiration in the Middle Ages and was characterised by the architectonic revival of the Gothic architecture. Cuypers was the main representative of this movement in the Netherlands.

The program “Hidden Gems of Russian Romantic Music” introduces the Dutch public to this wonderful but less performed side of Russian chamber music. But then in a special way, namely through cooperation between the Russian and Dutch young talents. Coached by Maria Milstein, an internationally acknowledged violinist with Russian background, six young musicians aged 15-18 years come on stage. Three are the students of the famous Moscow Gnessin Special School of Music, where Maria once started to play the violin, and three come from the Sweelinck Academy, the prep-school at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she now also teaches.

M. Glinka – Sonate for viola and piano (Sofia Maslova, Artemy Sokolovsky)

R. Glière – Duos op.39: Prelude, Gavotte, Berceuse & Scherzo, arrangement for violine and viola (Mara Mostert & Sofia Maslova)

A. Rubinstein – Romance оp.44, arrangement for violine and piano (Maria Milstein & Artemy Sokolovsky)

C. Cui – Orientale op.50, arrangement for violine and piano (Maria Milstein & Artemy Sokolovsky)

Glinka/Balakirev – The Lark and L. Desyatnikov – Vaudeville from pianosuite “Theatre Echoes” (Julia Nefedov)

P.I. Tchaikovsky – Aria of Lensky from the opera “Eugene Onegin”, arrangement for flute and piano (Elena Krivorotova & Artemy Sokolovsky)

A. Khachaturian – Toccata en Berceuse from the ballet “Spartacus”, arrangement for piano solo (Artemy Sokolovsky)

C. Cui – 5 Kleine Duetten for flute, viool en piano (Elena Krivorotova, Mara Mostert & Artemy Sokolovsky)

Tickets:Volwassene € 15,00
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