Symphonic Wind Orchestra St. Michael Of Thorn

Thursday, July 20, 08.00 PM
Conductor: Ivan MEYLEMANS 
Soloists: Jörgen VAN RIJEN, Trombone & Alexander VERBEEK, Trombone 

Fifty kilometres from the Dutch city of Maastricht lies Thorn, also known as the White Village. The historic centre is characterised by the famous white houses, and the authentic premises from the 15th until the 18th century. Symphonic Wind Orchestra St. Michael of Thorn was founded in 1863 and since then has developed into an orchestra of international fame, embracing both trained amateur instrumentalists and musicians with a professional background.

The orchestra performed at international festivals such as the Festival for Modern Wind Music in Uster (Switzerland) and the first European Wind Band Festival in London and has represented the Netherlands on several occasions on conferences of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). Through its innovative and diverse programming, Symphonic Wind Orchestra St. Michael has received countless prizes in national and international music competitions. For example, the orchestra has won the top musical award at the Kerkrade World Music Contest three times.

The cooperation between conductor Ivan Meylemans and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra St. Michael dates from 1996 when he started performing as trombone soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. Since 2013, he has been the chief conductor of the orchestra. As a trombone soloist, he won many national and international music competitions. For 12 years, he was a trombone soloist for the Concertgebouw Orchestra where he also assisted conductor Mariss Jansons. As a guest conductor Meylemans has worked with major orchestras in Europe and Asia.

Guest solists are Jörgen van Rijen and Alexander Verbeek, principal trombonists of – respectively - the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Jörgen van Rijen is a specialist on both the modern and baroque trombone. He has won various prizes, including the Netherlands Music Prize in 2004, the highest distinction in the field of music. Alexander Verbeek studied trombone at the Rotterdam Conservatory and followed masterclasses with Michel Becquet, Bart van Lier, Christian Lindberg en Victor Sumerkin. He is one of the founders of the New Trombone Collective, principal lecturer at Rotterdam Conservatory and actively involved in many musical and educational projects.

Van Delft, Marc (*1958) Dance Suite - Premiere 
Part 1: Dance 
Part 2: Intermezzo 
Part 3: Finale 
De Meij, Johan (*1953) Two Bone Concerto 

I N T E R M I S S I O N 

Schmitt, Florent (1870-1958) Dionysiaques, Op. 62 
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnol (Arr. Courtain)