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.
September 2017
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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.

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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BrugesTurnage, Lalo, Ravel

Turnage, Lalo, Ravel
Brussels Philharmonic; Stéphane Denève; Gautier Capuçon

BrugesLight and Shadows

Gjeilo, Whitacre, Van der Roost
Nicolas André; Flemish Radio Choir; Musicians from the Brussels Philharmonic

BrugesIedereen Klassiek

Copland, Piazzolla, Adams, Dvořák
Brussels Philharmonic; Diego Matheuz

BrugesIedereen Klassiek

Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Le Concert d'Anvers; Bart Van Reyn; Flemish Radio Choir

BrugesModern Times

Chaplin: Modern Times
Brussels Philharmonic; Dirk Brossé
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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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L’amour après la mort : un Mandarin merveilleux d'une beauté transcendante à Bruges

La conférence scénique a depuis quelques années un succès croissant. Le monde symphonique suit le mouvement dans la programmation de musique de chambre, mais ce n’est pas totalement illogique que des obstacles organisationnels et financiers surgissant souvent. Convoquer un grand effectif pour à peine une heure de concert ? Difficile à faire avaler ! À moins que ?
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Leçons de folklore : Iván Fischer et le Budapest Festival Orchestra offrent un florilège de la culture hongroise

Conférence sonore sur Béla Bartók ? Dégustation de folklore hongrois ? Démonstration chorégraphique sur une partition historique ? Ou concert traditionnel agrémenté de couleur locale ? 
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Quand la vérité surgit dans l’art : Iván Fischer dévoile Le Château de Barbe-Bleue de Bartók

Retour sur la performance mémorable du Château de Barbe-Bleue à l'occasion du Budapest Festival, une formule désormais annuelle qui offre durant quelques jours au Budapest Festival Orchestra le monopole du Concertgebouw de Bruges.
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La question est plus importante que la réponse : Philippe Herreweghe analyse Bach

Fêter ses septante ans ? Pour Philippe Herreweghe, c’est un prétexte rêvé pour une tournée en Flandre, aux Pays-Bas et en Italie. Retour sur le concert au Concertgebouw de Bruges.
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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...