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saturday 3 december 2016| 19:00 |the hague | korzo theater

dag in de branding: nacht van de tweede haagse school

Days and nature

Kate Moore

The Art of Levitation (Dutch Premiere)


Days and Nature


New European Ensemble

Christian Karlsen conductor


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about the programme

Kate Moore (1979) is one of the most exciting composers of her generation. She grew up in Australia and has spent more than ten years in The Hague. She moved there to study with the composer Louis Andriessen, who has called her music “clear as water”. During Festival Dag in de Branding we present three recent ensemble pieces in a portrait concert that is devoted to her work.


Kate Moore is fascinated by the cyclical processes in nature and the universe and by the complexity in which they interact, sometimes the source of major disasters. In her ensemble pieces she makes use of repetitive motives that through an elemental force can create huge eruptions of sound. It is not a sign of megalomania that Kate Moore publishes her ensemble pieces as orchestral works.


This concert is part of The Night of the Second Hague School, which is hosted by Korzo. Dozens of musicians will be performing in every nook and cranny of the theater, including the loading bays, the two concert halls, the rehearsal studios and even the office spaces. It promises to become an exciting evening, perhaps nothing less than the introduction of The Second Hague School almost fifty years after the First Hague School began to flourish, with eminent composers at the helm, such as Louis Andriessen and Dick Raaijmakers.


Festival Dag in de Branding introduces the term ‘Second Hague School’ to present work by composers who graduated from The Hague’s Royal Conservatory after 2000. Besides our portrait concert with Kate Moore, Ensemble Klang will play the long-awaited reprise of Oscar Bettison’s now classical ‘bluegrass requiem’ O Death. Concerts with pieces by Hugo Morales, Alejandro Castanõs, Justin Christensen, Matt Wright, Maya Verlaak, Barbara Ellison, Andrew Hamilton, Genevieve Murphy, Carlos Iturralde, Thomas Bensdorp and other young composers will also be given.

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New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague