Introduction

    This year the Universiteitskoor Maastricht celebrates its 40th birthday.

    Of course we didn’t want this fact to go by unnoticed and hence we choose to accompany this lustrum with some very festive programming.

    This already resulted in a beautiful winterconcert last January and a very successful reunion day last February. But now it’s high time for the grand finale of our lustrum year: a festive performance of the Carmina Burana in the grand Auditorium of the MECC on saturday 17th of june.

    Of course, we have chosen for this famous piece by Carl Orff primarily because of the grand and festive atmosphere it exhumes. Furthermore, it also turned out to be about ten years ago that the Carmina was performed in Maastricht.  

    And finally we considered it to be a happy coincidence that the Carmina Burana itself also had something to celebrate. For it’s eighty years since it was performed for the first time.

    This also made us choose for the composers original setting; i.e. the spectacular setting with five percussionists and two pianists.

    Hereby we’d like to invite you to buy one or more tickets for our concert, thus helping to turn our eighth lustrum into a truly wonderful event.

    Lustrum-greetings from the board of the Universiteitskoor Maastricht.

     

    The choir

    The Maastricht University choir was founded in 1977 and counts more than 100 members forming a diverse and international group consisting of students, non-students and academics. We currently have singers from 15 countries. Since 1995, the choir has been under the direction of Wim Vluggen. We sing and perform a broad repertoir from classical and contemporary to folkloric and modern music. We also try to find pieces that are not (yet) well known. Our recent major projects were  Mozart’s Requiem, Vic Nees’s Magnificat and of course Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
    At the same time we do not only enjoy singing together but are also proud of our strong group spirit. Due to the international composition of our choir, we are an open-minded and sociable group. It is not only singing that connects us but also out-of-rehearsal activities. Therefore we enjoy bringing the music to the people in informal events such as singing for charity or Christmas caroling.

    Our conductor

    Wim Vluggen has been the conductor of the Maastricht University Choir since 1995.

    He studied school music, choir direction and Gregorian at the Maastricht Academy of Music. His teachers were among others Rien Rats, Jos Besselink, Jan Stulen and Alfons Kurris. Furthermore, Wim Vluggen attended several courses and masterclasses in the Netherlands and abroad.

    Wim Vluggen has been the conductor of several choirs in Limburg and the Randstad; he conducted Mozart’s Krönungsmesse during the “Muziekdagen” in Eys as guest conductor for many years.

    At this moment he gives workshops in singing technique and choir training. He gained a lot of knowledge about repertoire through visits to several international symposia and music festivals. He strives to find musical pieces that fit with each specific choir. His main goals are optimising the choir sound, motivating the singers, expressing the meaning of lyrics in the music and performing unknown repertoire.

    Soloists

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    Dutch soprano Fenna Ograjensek is recognized for her performance of opera- and concertrepertoire. She also loves to perform artsong, chambermusic and new compositions of contemporary composers.
    In opera, Ms. Ograjensek has worked with companies like Opera Zuid, Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, New Jersey Opera Theater, Zomeropera Alden Biesen, Holland Opera, Opera Spanga and the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
    Her concertrepertoire consists of pieces like Verdi, Mozart, Brahms, Fauré and Dvorak Requiem, 9th Symphony Beethoven, Mahler Symphony 2 and 4 (and many others) at a.o. Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philharmonie Berlin.
    She has performed with Aldeburgh Music UK, at Alice Tully Hall New York and was a participant of the world famous chambermusic festival Marlboro Music Vermont.
    2015 She co-founded opera company Opera 2.0 and has so far produced and performed in two succesful productions. She has also produced and participated in the Mijn Barbaraconcert with the Metropole Orchestra that was broadcast live on Dutch television. In 2016 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Zomerfestival Voerendaal, a cultural festival in her own community.
    Recently Fenna performed the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

    Teun’s colourful tenore di grazia voice gracefully sculpts every musical part with the utmost respect for authentic performance practice. Aside from the large-scale oratorio repertoire such as Bach’s Passions and Händel’s Messiah, Teun’s portfolio also includes works by Telemann, Mozart, Rossini, Berlioz, Gounod and Britten. In addition, the Carmina Burana (C. Orff) plays an important role in Teun’s career.
    As a teacher, Teun is one of the most promising singing-pedagogues of his generation in the Low Countries. Although not even 40 years old yet, he can rely on almost 20 years of teaching experience, including Masterclasses. Teun developed a highly efficient voice technique, bringing extraordinary benefits to many singers, including colleagues on the stage. Facts, functionality and science are the core; passion, humor and dreaming the shell. Teun founded and presides Voice.Academy, an extraordinary academy where art, science, passion and education meet through the voice.
    Teun has graduated with great distinction from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen (Belgium). He was appointed city carillonneur by the town of Diest in 2005. He was for almost 10 years the youngest musician to have been awarded this post in Belgium.

     

    Now resident in Brussels, Canadian baritone Matthew Zadow enjoys a growing international reputation as a compelling interpreter of opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, with recent debuts at Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in “La Traviata”(Verdi) and “Sweeney Todd” (Sondheim), the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles in “Don Giovanni” (Mozart) and Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, and with de Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as Baron Wurmerhelm (“The Gambler” – Prokofiev). In addition to Belgium and the Netherlands, his career has also taken him to the major opera houses and most beautiful concert halls of Canada, Ireland and China.
    Recent opera roles include Eisenstein (“Die Fledermaus”, J. Strauss), Almaviva (“Le nozze die figaro” – Mozart), General Boum (“La grande duchesse de Gerolstein”, Offenbach), Danilo (“The merry widow”, Lehar), Belcore (“Lelisir d’amore”, Donizetti), Dancaïro (“Carmen”, Bizet), Baron Douphol (“La Traviata”, Verdi), Cristiano (“Un ballo in Maschera”, Verdi), and Le Chat/L’Horloge Comtoise (“L’enfant et les sortileges”, Ravel).
    His concert and oratorio performances are many, and include the major works for baritone and bass from baroque to contemporary periods. He is particularly associated with the music of J. S. Bach, and is frequently engaged to sing the Passions, Christmas Oratorio and many cantatas. As a disciple of the art song tradition he has frequently interpreted “les nuits d’été” of Berlioz, Schubert’s “Die schöne Müllerin”, Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”, Brahms’ “Vier ernste Gesänge”, and Vaughan Williams’ “Songs of travel” and “Five mystical songs”.

    Musicians

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    Don Binnendijk

    Bram de Vrees

    Roland Smeets

    Pascal Devroye

    Gabriel Ducomble

    Rony Devroye

    Sponsors

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    Subsidies

    Finally, we want to thank Maastricht University, Gemeente Maastricht, Elisabeth Strouven Fonds, Universiteitsfonds Limburg, Stichting Kanunnik Salden/Nieuwenhof and Stichting Fonds voor Sociale Instellingen for their generous subsidies, giving us the opportunity to make this concert as delightful as possible.