Collegium Vocale Gent (photo Eric de Mildt)

In Exile

Collegium Vocale Gent + Het Collectief
Wed 19 Feb 2025 20:15 - 22:00
Wed 19 Feb 2025
20:15 - 22:00
  • Wed 19 Feb 2025
    20:15 - 22:00
    Grote Zaal


19.15 / Foyerdeck 1 / Pre-concert talk

20.15 / Grote Zaal / Main Programme
Kurt Weill Zu Potsdam unter den Eichen
Hanns Eisler Kantate aus dem Exil – Die Gott-sei-bei-uns Kantate / Die Römische Kantate
Alexander Zemlinsky Aurikelchen
Ernst Křenek Two choruses on Jacobean Poems
Stefan Wolpe Musik zu Hamlet
Arnold Schoenberg Drei Satiren
Béla Bartók Contrasts
Paul Hindemith Six chansons
Igor Stravinsky Zes Russische liederen
Béla Bartók Vier Slowakische Volkslieder


Collegium Vocale Gent
Het Collectief 
James Wood conductor

Folk music, new music, and the ache of homesickness

At this very moment, the refugee crisis in Europe is tearing apart entire communities. But migration is of all times and refugees are everywhere. In this programme, Collegium Vocale Gent and Het Collectief, led by James Wood, bring to light the cultural consequences of exile, voluntary or otherwise. Between the two World Wars, great composers sought refuge in the United States and gave new meaning to folk music, new music, and the ache of homesickness. 

With powerful works by Eisler, Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Bartók, the Belgian top ensembles Collegium Vocale Gent and Het Collectief continue their first-rate collaboration. Just like before at the Muziekgebouw, they know how to bring not only pure musical pleasure, but also food for thought with a programme that has a contemporary touch and powerful music by top composers.