Like many events, the Klarafestival has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last two years, the activities surrounding the music festival coincided with new infection peaks. After numerous cancellations and a virtual edition, we are finally in a good spot. The theme of this year’s Klarafestival is togetherness, under the appropriate catchphrase: Let's Stick Together. As a proud partner of the Klarafestival, KPMG is looking forward to the musical events on offer.
The lingering hunger for music makes the festival program a sizeable and impressive one, with superstars on stage and behind the scenes. Piano icon Maurizio Pollini plays the works of Schumann and Beethoven, Vladimir Jurowski conducts the legendary Bayerisches Staatsorchester in a Franco-British program. A young generation of musicians will joyfully perform in the laureate concert of the chamber music competition Supernova.
This year, the guest of honor is homegrown talent. Reinoud Van Mechelen will demonstrate his sparkling tenor voice twice: in an evening of orchestral songs and in Charpentier's Te Deum.
In addition to this lineup, the Klarafestival will once again spotlight new repertoire. The emphasis is increasingly on visual performances and modern music theater. Actor and author Josse De Pauw and composer Frederik Neyrinck have written an ode to thinking entitled Rhapsody, based on the Dutch TV program, Van de schoonheid en de troost; the young stage director, Mien Bogaert, is creating an impressive video installation based on the Hendrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt; and the avant-garde guitar quartet Zwerm is working with Walpurgis house director, Stef Depover, on a musical bedtime story.
But even with so much music being played in so many venues in Brussels, the Klarafestival, in its time-honored tradition, also breaks out of the sterility of the concert hall. Its pop-up box is once again touring the region for intimate musical experiences.
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This year, we spotlight the following performances:
- Friday, 11 March @20:00 – Opening concert with The National Orchestra of France and Boris Giltburg, winner of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition.
This year’s Klarafestival will open with a performance by the National Orchestra of France, conducted by the acclaimed Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru, performing two Eastern European works: Leoš Janáček's orchestral rhapsody Taras Bulba and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.
Klarafestival and KPMG
At KPMG, we are convinced that each of us can express our passion in ways that bring a sense of innovation to our lives. In the same way, the Klarafestival 2022 pays tribute to digital innovation, as they explore undiscovered work, new creations and the interaction of sound and image, thereby advancing imagination and inspiration. Our shared commitment to quality and excellence lies at the heart of our longstanding partnership with Klarafestival.
The Klarafestival is a highly regarded international festival with a reputation for unconventional creative expressions of wonder and spectacle. From the classical to the avant-garde, artists worldwide take various stages in Brussels to showcase their talents and perform for enthusiastic fans.
The shared sense of creative freedom that unites the Klarafestival and KPMG allows each of us to pursue our passions and integrate them in our daily lives. We believe in supporting the intense enthusiasm that can be nurtured in every individual, entrepreneur, or organization, regardless of scale. Just as the Klarafestival has its roots in Brussels, aiming to build a bridge to the outside world – locally (Brussels), regionally (Flanders and Wallonia), nationally and internationally – in the hope of enriching people's lives, KPMG is also active on the international stage, helping local companies expand beyond borders.