Arturo den Hartog + Mattias Spee (photo Foppe Schut)


Arturo den Hartog + Mattias Spee
Sun 5 May 2024 20:00 - 21:05
Sun 5 May 2024
20:00 - 21:05
  • Sun 5 May 2024
    20:00 - 21:05
    Excl. drink
    Kleine Zaal


19:15 / Foyerdeck 1 / Pre-concert talk (in Dutch)
By founder and director of ZO! Gospel Choir

20:00 / Kleine Zaal / Main programme 
Anoniem There’s a Man Going Round 
Harry Thacker Burleigh Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 
Harry Thacker Burleigh Heav’n Heav’n 
Harry Thacker Burleigh Wade in de Water 
Moses Hogan Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child  
Harry Thacker Burleigh Nobody Knows theTrouble I’ve Seen 
Lou Lichtveld I Want To Be Ready  
Jonathan Dove My Love is Mine 
Jonathan Dove All You Who Sleep Tonight 
Jonathan Dove God's love 
Margaret Bonds Dry Bones 
Harry Thacker Burleigh By an’ By
Harry Thacker Burleigh Balm in Gilead  
Moses Hogan Deep River 
Harry Thacker Burleigh Gospel Train 
Moses Hogan Give Me Jesus 
Mark Hayes Feel the Spirit Moving


Arturo den Hartog countertenor
Mattias Spee piano

A recital full of strength and hope

Enslaved Africans in the United States found strength and hope by singing spirituals. These songs were based on their experiences of oppression and stories from the Old Testament. Many composers, including the African-American composers Harry Burleigh and Moses Hogan, created arrangements of the spirituals that had been passed down through oral tradition. In this concert, countertenor Arturo den Hartog and pianist Mattias Spee perform a programme of well-known and lesser-known spirituals, ranging from sorrowful and intimate to grand and festive.

In 2021, Surinamese-Dutch countertenor Arturo den Hartog won the audience award of the Prinses Christina Concours. He is a passionate advocate for the music of composers who have not received their due recognition and deserve to be heard, and he previously presented the programmes A History of Female Black Composers and Surinaams Klassiek (Surinamese classical music). Pianist Mattias van Spee is a kindred spirit; he shares his fascination for music that has undeservedly fallen into obscurity.

This is a production of Muziekgebouw Production House