Celebratory opening concert: Flash Forward with Anneleen Lenaerts

St Bavo's Cathedral


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During our celebratory opening concert we bring past and present
together in an exciting and surprising mix of old and new work: from Bach through Debussy to Kalima and a world creation by Kalevi Aho.

The star of the evening is our national treasure, Anneleen Lenaerts.
In 2010 she became solo harpist of the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic. Besides Debussy, we will also hear her perform in the brand-new work by Finland’s leading composer Kalevi Aho. Aho wrote Mearra especially for the Ghent Festival and it will premiere on 18 September!

The romantic harp then gives way to a stringed instrument that we
don’t immediately associate with classical concert halls: the electric guitar. The Finn Kalle Kalima is working on a fascinating journey of improvisation and experiment. He presents his own Louhi for electric guitar and strings, and also performs Bach.

Lenaerts and Kalima share the stage with the German Ensemble Resonanz. They hover somewhere between a chamber orchestra and a soloists’ ensemble and are resident in Hamburg’s brand-new Elbphilharmonie. Their mission to connect vibrant contemporary music with classical repertoire means they are just the right ensemble to forge a link to the future at the Ghent Festival.

The fact that Finland also has something to celebrate this year – 100 years of independence – adds a further dimension to the opening ceremony!

A concert from the province of East Flanders with the valued support of the KBC and TelepART.


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Symphony in G major, Wq 173; H. 648

Kalle Kalima
‘Louhi’ for guitar and string orchestra

Claude Debussy
‘Danse sacrée et danse profane’ for harp and strings orchestra, CD 113; L. 103

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Symphony in B minor, Wq 182 nr. 5

Kalevi Aho
‘Mearra’ for harp and strings - WORLD PREMIERE


Anneleen Lenaerts, harp
Kalle Kalima, electric guitar
Ensemble Resonanz conducted by Ulrich Kern