This year the Klara festival is all about freedom. Freedom from any form of limitation, coercion, morality or attachment. Liberation, a theme that lies at the basis of many musical works, but is also connected to our thinking about music and art in general. Maybe that is the ultimate driving force for humans.
But what does 'liberation' still mean in our time? Who or what can ensure liberation in times of fear and increasing disbelief? Technology perhaps? Money? Love? Art?....
On the programme are religious and secular works, which encourage reflection on moral dilemmas and the coveted pardon, once man has succumbed to seduction. In addition, several concrete settings by the Faust legend are discussed - in which the hoped-for salvation sometimes follows.
The freedom that the Klara Festival and KPMG stand for allows each of us to pursue our passions and integrate them into everything we do, whether money or not. Love? Art?
On the programme are religious and secular works, which encourage reflection on moral dilemmas and the coveted pardon, once man has succumbed to seduction. In addition, several concrete settings by the Faust legend are discussed - in which the hoped-for salvation sometimes follows, but sometimes curse Fausts is just as much a part.
The freedom that the Klara Festival and KPMG stand for allows each of us to pursue our passions and integrate them into everything we do, regardless of scale. It is in this passion that we believe, day after day. Supporting your passion is our main goal for you as an individual, entrepreneur or organization, because you are extraordinary and your passion is reflected in everything you do.
At Klara Festival 2019, artists from all over the world come together to practice their passion and perform for thousands of people for a few weeks. This highly regarded music festival that dares to modernize classical musical repertoires. Just like the business world, music is evolving into the digital age.
The Festival has its roots in Brussels and wants to build a bridge with the outside world, both locally (Brussels), nationally (Flanders and Wallonia) and internationally, with the mission of enriching people's lives. KPMG is active on the same international stage, both by being active worldwide and by helping companies that want to export.
The Rake's Progress #2
26 March, De Munt
Grammy winners Barbara Hannigan and the Ludwig Orchestra tell a contemporary Faust story about seduction, lust and decay through Stravinsky.
His opera The Rake's Progress ('The fate of a rake'), the highlight of Stravinsky's crystal-clear, playful neoclassical style, tells the story of the rise and fall of Tom Rakewell. The young man has set his sights on Anne Trulove (the 'restyled' version of Goethe's Gretchen). But hungry for wealth and pleasure, he leaves his beloved to try his luck in London. He is encouraged and assisted by Nick Shadow - aka Mefistofeles. Can love save the main character in this lecture of the Faust story?
In this semi-staged production of The Rake's Progress you don't hear Hannigan, but see her at work as she's not a guest as a singer this time, but as a conductor!
23 March, Bozar
Calling Robin Verheyen and Bram De Looze the future of Belgian jazz would actually be dishonourable to them. Despite their youthful age, both gentlemen have already gained a lot of fame. This is proven by a busy concert schedule, a well-filled prize cupboard - De Looze won another Klara for 'Young Promise of the Year' at Klara Festival 2018 - and the musicians with whom they share the stage.
One of those artists is the jazz giant Joey Baron. The drummer played himself in the spotlight in the avant-garde in New York in the 1980s and 1990s, together with... John Zorn, who at the same time will also be performing at the Klara Festival!
In 2017 De Looze, Verheyen and Baron performed together for the first time. The three musicians found each other with ease and are now creating a sequel to the success of that time. With this concert at Klara Festival they will kick off a new European tour.