Thursday, 8 October 2020 | 14:00 | incl. concert American Omnibus | Hollands College

08.10.2020 14:00 Lecture (in Dutch)  - Maarten Beirens
Hollands College
American music of the 20th century is much more than jazz, Broadway musicals and minimal music,it is diverse and innovative. During the lecture, Maarten Beirens takes you on a trip through musical main roads, but also several side roads to show you around in the incredibly rich American musical landscape.

11.10.2020 11:30 Concert: American omnibus - Ralph van Raat
Ralph van Raat takes you along his pathway crossing the musical landscape of America: from Los Angeles to New York, from the old ragtime to the very newest contemporary sounds. Particularly satisfying are the many little side streets that Van Raat takes that allow you to hear the awe-inspiring richness of American piano music. In the distance you can hear not only oceans and cotton fields, but snippets of Greece, Mexico and China as well - seen through American eyes of course. Contrast is guaranteed in this cleverly assembled potpourri. Play and seriousness, concrete and abstract, accessible and stubborn, old-fashioned and progressive: you'll hear it all. You choose, you lose; and if you don't choose, hopefully you'll lose yourself.


Jelly Roll Morton, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Aaron Copland, John Cage, John Adams, David Lang:, Elliott Carter, Heather Pinkham, Frederic Rzewski

It is only possible to make a reservation for the combination of the lecture (in Dutch) and the concert through the Davidsfonds Academie (press the button reserve now)

Organisation Davidsfonds Academie in collaboration with Festival 20·21


Maarten Beirens

Maarten Beirens is Professor of Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. He is also general manager of Festival 20·21 in Leuven as well as artistic leader in charge of the programme of Transit.

Hollands College

Janseniusstraat 2
3000 Leuven


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Late-comers will not be admitted to the concert.