KlaraFestival 2009 - Innovation and creativity through music

Teams of one of the most creative festivals in Brussels and the European Year of Creativity and Innovation agreed to collaborate in this way

Classical, jazz and traditional music will come to you in ways and places where you have never heard it before. This year’s festival retains the original slogan – forza musica ! – as a way of communicating just what a marvellously bracing antidote to self-absorbed isolation and the numbing daily routine music can be.

On the opening night, under the patronage of Jan Figel’, European Commissioner for education, training, culture and youth, 15 concerts will take place in train and metro stations and on 2 squares in Central Brussels. For this First Night, the intention is to share the beauty of classical music with as many people as possible, to create surprise and to stimulate imagination.

Shifting the context of classical music makes it dynamic and it is in fact an absolutely free reach-out to the people who live or work in Brussels.

From 4 pm on, strongly frequented metro stations will be transformed into concert halls by “guerrilla” musicians appearing out of nowhere. North and Central Station will host the two world-renowned pianists Katja Skanavi and Severin von Eckardstein while Midi Station presents a breath-taking drum show (Kodo preformed by UTheatre) during rush hour from 4 to 5.30 pm.

From 6 to 8 pm, the pianists play in two other public spaces: The baroque Grand Place and Brussels’ outdoor living room: Place Flagey.

From 28 August to 11 September, the Festival will take the audience to such far-flung realms as the Far East through a mix of traditional and modern music, and Sweden, which is currently celebrating 6 months of its presidency.

Lunchtime concerts will be showcasing fresh new talent in Flagey, but also more mature talent such as Elisso Wirssaladze and the Aviv Quartet.

In parallel, the Seoul Philharmonic, Martha Argerich, Charles Dutoit and conductors such as Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valery Gergiev, Myung-Whun Chung & Muhai Tang, Orphei Drängar are to be heard in the Bozar.

However, the festival wouldn’t be complete without the 7th series of Living Room or Late Nights, full of surprises as well. Creative listeners wanted!

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