Celebratory opening concert

St. Bavo's Cathedral

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O Magnum Mysterium

An opening concert should always be something extraordinary. To this end, Flanders Festival Ghent has put together an exceptional programme around this year’s theme, Imagination, which seeks out the fine line between light and darkness, life and death; between the earthly and the transcendent. Beneath the vaults of St Bavo’s Cathedral, a symbol of mankind’s urge to create, this concert seeks to capture the cumulative imagination of different generations of artists who have drawn on the symbolism of light and darkness. The encounter between the writer Maud Vanhauwaert and three leading ensembles – Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Cappella Amsterdam and Belgian Brass – adds a new chapter to this story. This opening evening is more than just a concert. It is an all-round experience that appeals to at least six senses, meaning that for a time, you simply revel in its overwhelming effect. This spirit-lifting experience sets the tone for three weeks of Ghent Festival!

A concert of KBC

With the support of Dutch Performing Arts


Anton Bruckner, Aequales, WAB 114 & 149

Alfred Schnittke, Drei Geistliche Gesänge

William Walton, From Henry V: Two Pieces for Strings

Claudio Monteverdi, From L'Orfeo: Acte III, Sinfonia no 2

Thomas Tallis, O nata Lux & Why fum'th in sight

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Giovanni Gabrieli, O Magnum Mysterium

Johann Sebastian Bach, Ich ruf' zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639

Arvo Pärt, From Kanon Pokajanen: Prayer after the canon

Ottorino Respighi, From Antiche arie e danze, Suite nr. 3: Italiana

Gerald Finzi, From Dies Natalis, Op. 8:Intrada


Cappella Amsterdam, choir

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, orchestra

Belgian Brass

Maud Vanhauwaert, writer