The Catalonian folk song El cant dels ocells (‘The Song of the Birds’) became known around the world when Pau Casals, godfather of cellists, began playing it as an encore after his concerts. Johan Duijck, the Conservatory’s house choir conductor, has commuted back and forth for years between Ghent and Barcelona, where he teaches choir direction at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya. As a great admirer and aficionado of Catalonian culture, he proposed an attractive concert programme in which grandfathers, fathers, sons and grandchildren all stand side by side: Casals, Montsalvatge, Oltra, Vila, Gasull and several of today’s students at the ESMUC, who completed composition assignments with this concert in mind. The heart of the concert is ‘A Ceremony of Canticles’, based on texts by the medieval mystic Ramon Lull (12321316). This intriguing composition for girls’ choir and harp was composed by a Catalonian from an allochtone background – the song of a strange bird.
- Biezekapelstraat 9, 9000 GENT, €5/0