Sven Ratzke (c) Hanneke Wetzer

A Circus of Angels - The Living Room


Bob Chilcott from Dances in the streets: Soho
Karlis Lacis Es bij' meita
Annie Lennox Here comes the rain again
Franz Schubert Ständchen
Duke Ellington It don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing)
David Bowie Boys keep swinging
Johannes Brahms from Liebeslieder-Walzer: O die Frauen
Maurice Ravel from Trois chansons: Round
Harry Bannink from Ja zuster, nee zuster: on the trapeze
Frank Zappa Discorporate
David Bowie Five Years
Kurt Weill from Das Berliner Requiem: Ballade vom ertrunkenen Mädchen
Franz Schubert Erlkönig
Nina Hagen Auf'm Bahnhof Zoo
György Ligeti from Nonsense madrigals: A long, sad tale
György Ligeti Etude no. 3 'Touches bloquées
Harry Bannink from En nu naar bed: Vluchten kan niet meer (Fleeing is no longer possible)
Kathleen Allan Maid on the shore
Orlando Gough Freedom
Lou Reed Perfect Day

In the series The Living Room, the choir always does something special, something less obvious, something adventurous. That already starts with the choir: 31 female choir members and only 6 men.
For this edition of The Living Room, we were inspired by variety and revue. The theme is Love, embracing and challenging each other. But also the love for freedom, unboundedness and adventure. This is not without risk and can also lead to madness and sometimes death... This revue ends in reconciliation with life and with enjoying a perfect day.
For this special concert, we have invited the German/Dutch singer Sven Ratzke. He is a performer pur sang, and variety and revue are his trademark. He is able to play with them like no other. The chemistry between him and the choir is sure to produce something exciting. The production is in the hands of Peter Leung, a former dancer and choreographer with the Dutch National Ballet. He has built up a great deal of experience in choreographing choirs and singers.

The repertoire is very varied: Ligeti, Brahms, Schubert and Ravel, but also Harry Bannink ( Vluchten kan niet meer and De Trapeze), Kurt Weill (parts of Die Dreigroschenoper) and Happy End, Lou Reed(Perfect Day), Frank Zappa(Discorporate), Duke Ellington and David Bowie(Boys keep swinging).
Sven Ratzke, together with the choir, will perform his own interpretation of Schubert' s Ständchen, accompanied by the combo. In short: everything is possible this evening.

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Thursday, 28 April 2022
8:15 pm

Large Hall


Netherlands Radio Choir
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Benjamin Goodson - Photo: Paolo Ferla
Benjamin Goodson
Conductor, Choir conductor
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Sven Ratzke
Jetse de Jong
Haye Jellema
Haye Jellema
Florian Friedrich
Bass guitar
Florian Friedrich
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Franske van der Wiel
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Ben Martin Weijand
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Maria van Nieukerken
Jan Pieter Koch
Peter Leung

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