Arturo den Hartog + Mattias Spee (Keti Koti 2023; photo Foppe Schut)

Keti Koti (lunch + concert)

Arturo den Hartog + Daan Boertien
Sun 30 Jun 2024 12:00 - 14:35
Sun 30 Jun 2024
12:00 - 14:35
  • Sun 30 Jun 2024
    12:00 - 14:35
    Excl. drankje
    Kleine Zaal


12.00 uur / Foyerdeck 1 / Pre-concert talk (in Dutch)
By Denise Jannah

12.30 uur / Foyerdeck 1 / Lunch

13.30 uur / Kleine Zaal / Main programme
Aaron Copland Simple Gifts 
Aaron Copland The Little Horses 
Aaron Copland Long Time Ago 
Aaron Copland At the River 
Errollyn Wallen Hudson, Mississippi, Thames 
Gerald Finzi Let Us Garlands Bring
Traditional Kownu Oloisi Lasi (arr. Max Knigge)
Traditional Mama na sribi krosi (arr. Max Knigge)
Traditional Sestin April (arr. Max Knigge)
Traditional Lobi fu wi kondre (arr. Max Knigge)
Traditional Lolo mi boto (arr. Max Knigge)
Traditional Sa y’e luku mi (arr. Max Knigge)
Traditional Blaka rowsu (arr. Max Knigge)


Arturo den Hartog countertenor
Daan Boertien piano

Free Heri Heri meal and subsequent song recital

On the 1st of July, the Netherlands commemorates and celebrates the abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Antilles (Keti Koti and Dia di Abolishon). The day before, we gather to reflect on our shared history, the present and the future, all while enjoying a meal and listening to each other’s stories. Countertenor Arturo den Hartog, with roots in both Suriname and the Netherlands, presents a recital with songs by Copland from the collection Old American Songs, a beautiful song cycle by Finzi set to texts by Shakespeare and Surinam traditionals. Beforehand, a Heri lunch will be served. This is a one-pot dish prepared with ingredients that were available to enslaved people on the plantations. 

In 2021, countertenor Arturo den Hartog won the audience award of the Princess Christina Concours. He performed at the Opera Forward Festival in 2020, 2021 and 2022. He is increasingly developing as a creator, while advocating for the works of Black composers. This concert he teams up with pianist Daan Boertien.

The Heri meal consists of cooked sweet potato, cassava, yellow and green bananas, salted fish (cod), an egg, and garnishing (no vegetarian option available).

A production of Muziekgebouw Production House in collaboration with Theater voor Keti Koti and Free Heri Heri for All