Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Bruges

With glorious architecture both mediaeval and up to the minute, world class acoustics in the Concertgebouw and a plethora of exciting festivals including some of the world's top early music, Bruges is a destination to delight all classical music lovers.
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Bach Academy Bruges

Concertgebouw Brugge’s 2017 Bach Academy is devoted to the Reformation’s riches, at which Johann Sebastian is firmly rooted at the centre. Spanning just five days, the festival combines traditionally authentic performance styles alongside more improvisatory music which takes Bach as its inspiration.
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Music education at the Concertgebouw Brugge

To find out some of the great work Concertgebouw Brugge is doing with teenagers, check out the videos you will find here.
FESTIVALS IN BRUGES

Bach Academy Bruges

In this sixth Bach Academy, you will see the interchange between two generations of musicians, featuring Collegium Vocale Gent, Dunedin Consort, Iestyn Davies and more.

Budapest Festival Bruges

Attending a Budapest Festival Orchestra concert is like hearing music re-created. Iván Fischer always provides an extra something that makes his orchestra exceptional.

December Dance

For almost 35 years Jan Fabre has created theatre, dance and opera productions, training generations of actors, dancers and singers that he calls his warriors of beauty. December Dance is Jan Fabre's choice.

MAfestival Bruges

MAfestival Bruges is one of world’s most famous early music festivals and is currently leading in terms of innovating and extending the concept. MAfestival is also renowned for its International Competition Musica Antiqua for young musicians and its expo for historical instruments
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BrugesRobin Verheyen Quartet:The Bach Riddles

Robin Yerheyen Quartet, Jazz Quartet

BrugesGoldberg Variations - Ternary patterns for insomnia

Bach: Goldberg Variations
Andersson Dance; Scottish Ensemble

BrugesCollegium Vocale Gent

Bach
Philippe Herreweghe; Collegium Vocale Gent; Dorothée Mields; Alex Potter; Thomas Hobbs

BrugesThomas Dunford: Bach on the lute

Bach
Thomas Dunford, Lute

BrugesB-ACH

Bach, van Rossum
Lucia Giraudo; Cynthia Freivogel; Zonzo Compagnie
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Bruges old and new

A brief look at how Bruges is working to bring together new art and architecture with its mediaeval heritage.
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Czech masters as you've never heard them

In the acoustic wizardry that is Concertgebouw Brugge, Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna deliver a feast for the intellect, if not for the senses, in their exploration of the great Czech composers.
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Vladimir Spivakov, le chef d’orchestre en véritable chorégraphe

Il n’est pas impératif de souffler le premier prix pour sortir vainqueur du Concours Reine Elisabeth. Tae-Hyung Kim, bon pour une cinquième place à l'édition 2010, fait aujourd’hui encore salle comble...
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Historiquement contestable ? Incontestablement expressif !

L’approche de Sir John Eliot Gardiner est-elle historiquement (in)acceptable ? C’est une question que le mélomane peut tranquillement confier au musicologue. Et en effet, qu’importe ? La tradition c’est, pour reprendre les mots de Mahler, transmettre le feu, et non vénérer les cendres.
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Bosch Beach, l’esthétique de la perdition

Des réfugiés anonymes rejetés sur la plage d’un luxueux complexe hôtelier ; ainsi l’enfer surgit-il à l’improviste aux portes du paradis terrestre. Un langage coloré qui masque tout sauf les vulgarités de la bourgeoisie autoproclamée : c’est loin d’être le seul contraste sur lequel surfe Bosch beach.
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Le savoir-faire se trouve là où la musique commence

Ce sont des héros. Des athlètes devant un piano. Impliqués dans une lutte vigoureuse dont l’enjeu est d’être « le meilleur ». Depuis des années, la possibilité de faire concorder l’expérience esthétique, donc hyper-personnelle, de la musique avec l’idée d’un concours fait débat. Plus l’encre coule à ce sujet, moins le public semble s’en soucier.
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looking back at concertgebouw brugge 2015-16 season...

Bruges: great sounding classical destination

The capital of the West Flanders province in the Flemish region of Belgium, Bruges is packed with culture. The only difficulty for the musical tourist is deciding when to actually visit...