A Teenage Symphony to God

Wed 29 Jan 2025 20:30 - 22:00
Wed 29 Jan 2025
20:30 - 22:00
  • Wed 29 Jan 2025
    20:30 - 22:00
    Grote Zaal


Karlheinz Stockhausen Stop und Start, versie voor 6 synthezisers
Morris Kliphuis/Aart Strootman A Teenage Symphony to God, a (Re)Imagining of The Beach Boys' Smile Album/Sessions


André de Ridder conductor

Stockhausen meets The Beach Boys

Avant-gardist Stockhausen and Beach Boy Brian Wilson. Both influential, but completely different. One from a German lignite mining area and the other from sunny California. Wilson was one of the first pop musicians to use the studio as an instrument. And in a way Stockhausen did that too, as one of the first 20th-century composers. Stargaze boldly presents these two musical geniuses side-by-side.

In a performance with six synthesizers, Stargaze demonstrates how Stockhausen’s relatively unknown Stop und Start paved the way for electropop by musicians such as Kraftwerk. With their own unique touch, Kliphuis and Strootman reinterpret Brian Wilson’s music for Smile, a never-completed Beach Boys album that the singer-songwriter described as ‘A Teenage Symphony to God’.

This is a production of Muziekgebouw Productiehuis