an interactive quest for an ancient musical treasure (9+)

Imagine: you inherit a map with which you can find a treasure that has been hidden for centuries in a monastery in Transylvania, present-day Romania. Then of course you don't think twice, but you go out together with the musicians of Black Pencil to fathom this mystery. Their instruments from recorders and pan flutes to percussion, viola and harmonica will show you the way. But be warned, the Caioni codex cannot be revealed easily: there are musical riddles to be solved and codes to be cracked.

In The Caioni Codex, the musicians of Black Pensil interactively reveal the most beautiful music collected by the monk Caioni in the 17th century. His playlist contains a colorful collection of famous works by Monteverdi and di Lasso and exciting Romanian dances that will make you swing in your seat, while the next riddle already presents itself. This is how your ears open the way to the holy grail.

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a visual and musical journey about following your heart

Before Vincent Van Gogh dedicated his life to painting, he had all kinds of occupations. His expectations were high, he tried everything, but no profession gave him satisfaction. It wasn't until he was 27 that he found his calling: living as an artist. In Van Gogh's Way to Go! we follow Vincent along the path where his passion for art, without regard for any conventions, took him.

Reed Quintet Calefax brings Van Gogh both musically and theatrically to life. By means of projections we zoom in on the tiniest details of his art and ravel alongside Vincent with quotes from himself or his loved ones. Through diverse styles of classical music by among others Bizet, Berlioz, Franck, Schumann - pieces that Vincent has listened to himself or which were written during his life - but also by living composers, the underlying emotions will be made tangible.

Calefax Reed Quintet is developing three variants of this production: a musical theatre performance for 9+ (youth version), a staged evening concertversion for adults and an international touring production.

 

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Reportage © NPO Klassiek Radio 4 / Joris Kreugel

In June 2021, Wishful Singing started the Sing Strong project. Since then, the ensemble has helped more than 1500 post covid patients with their recovery, helping them with singing and breathing exercises. Now the company brings the catchy music from this program to the concert hall, where everyone who likes to sing is invited to join. Master jazz pianist Bert van den Brink and the singers of Wishful Singing welcome you to sing along with a.o. Avond by Boudewijn de Groot and Zing Vecht Huil… by Ramses Shaffy in a theatrical setting. Each song embodies in its own way the motto of the afternoon: sing strong!

Zing je Sterk totaal

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At the request of the Noord Nederlands Orkest (NL), Annechien is developing and directing eight videos for the online music program NNOotjes, intended for the lower primary school. Annechien let herself being inspired by the theme 4 seasons and selected based on this eight Dutch children's songs from the digital art education platform Eigenwijsnext.nl. These songs will be brought online into the classroom by singer/presenter Izaline Calister and the Noord Nederlands Orkest. The NNO thus hits two targets with one shot: both the Netherlands' oldest professional symphony orchestra creates a world of symphonic sounds at primary school and every season pupils will be taught eight well-known fresh orchestrated children's songs.

Each song has various play-along exercises (listening, singing, reflection and making music assignments) so that one can really sing along and play with the NNO. Throughout the year - appropriate to the current season - the videos will be published on the You Tube channel of the Noord Nederlands Orkest and the website of Eigen-Wijs Next.

Opnames NNOotjes 2   foto Mariska de Groot

Photo © Mariska de Groot

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Click here for the teaching materials of Hundred thousand Leaves.

NNO Education creates NNOotjes based on a concept by Annechien Koerselman, Johannes Terpstra and Lieuwe Noordam. With the participation of singer Izaline Calister, stage director, light designer, stylist Annechien Koerselman, arranger Gijs Philip van Schaik, education maker Lieuwe Noordam, filmmaker Rens Polman and conductor Rolf Verbeek. In this program NNO has worked together with Meer Muziek in de Klas Groningen local, Eigenwijs Next and the Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen.

 

Click here for the teaching materials of The little Hedgehog.

NNO Education creates NNOotjes based on a concept by Annechien Koerselman, Johannes Terpstra and Lieuwe Noordam. With the participation of singer Izaline Calister, stage director, light designer, stylist Annechien Koerselman, arranger Gijs Philip van Schaik, education maker Lieuwe Noordam, filmmaker Rens Polman and conductor Rolf Verbeek. In this program NNO has worked together with Meer Muziek in de Klas Groningen local, Eigenwijs Next and the Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen.

 

Click here for the teaching materials of Twinkle twinkle gigantic Star

NNO Education creates NNOotjes based on a concept by Annechien Koerselman, Johannes Terpstra and Lieuwe Noordam. With the participation of singer Izaline Calister, stage director, light designer, stylist Annechien Koerselman, arranger Gijs Philip van Schaik, education maker Lieuwe Noordam, filmmaker Rens Polman and conductor Rolf Verbeek. In this program NNO has worked together with Meer Muziek in de Klas Groningen local, Eigenwijs Next and the Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen.

Trailer © Rens Polman

or how nature came back to life

Beavers are the best builders. They build beautiful musical instruments and sturdy dams. But if the climate changes, even a beaver dam cannot cope with it.

And so it can happen that on a remarkably warm spring day, Noah and his beaver family are suddenly attacked by beastly weather. The water rises quickly, the dam breaks in half and Noah is carried thousands of miles down the stream. Only days later, when the rain stops, he manages to come ashore. And there he stands face to face with a landscape he has never seen before. There are houses everywhere, the bottom is made of stone, he hardly sees a tuft of greenery. There is waste everywhere, plastic blows through the streets, not a bird, not even an ant is to be discovered.

But Noah wouldn't be Noah if he didn't roll up his sleeves. He plants a tree. He builds a lodge. And soon more and more animals are crawling out of their hiding places to help Noah. One appears to have an idea how they could purify the dirty air musicalwise, and another how they could generate energy while dancing. Don't you want to join them?

Noah, the (almost) last Beaver is a theatrical concert about the consequences of the contemporary climate confusion and a musical search for inventive solutions to turn things around. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy assists Noah with his composition the 3rd Symphony in A Mol, opus 56 ("Scottish").

Beaver © Eran Alboher

Screenshot © Tonkünstler Wien

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Teaser © Florian Hackspiel

or the most comical musical bank robbery of all times

 

Everyone knew them. Everyone knew who they were. The Brass Boys and their music were popular and everyone wanted to hear them play. But times have changed and this time they are in need. The money with which they allways created new music lacks, doom approches! If they want to continue to perform as a band they need quickly supplies.

The troop intends a plan: To provide themselves the most necessary, they intend to rob the new city bank. Tonight it should happen, the night before the opening of the bank! Will the Brassgang crack the code of the safe in time?

What music is capable of and what it does to us is the subject of this turbulent and funny musical comedy. The members of the Brass Gang are cheerful and courageous people. They dream of always making new music, and try to accomplish this goal at any cost. Well - and on the way to fulfill our most secret desires, there are always also surprises ... The story is told without words and with loads of music!

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Photo © Anja Koehler

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Trailer © Christoph Greussing

Reviews

Kulturzeitschrift, Silvia Thurner, June 29, 2017

The content was not only through what was shown understandable, but it was also fascinating reflected in the musical performances and the music itself. Therein lay the exceptional power of the whole piece. Visual and catchy compositions formed the basis for the imaginatively told story. Stage director Annechien Koerselman and the musicians have made a striking selection.
That behind the precise well thought-out movements, the mime and acting as well as the virtuoso musical way of playing an enormous mental effort is hiding was never notable in the way the musicians were making music. Among other things, this exactly shows the mastery of the "Sonus Brass Ensemble".
The stage director Annechien Koerselman, who has developed the idea and the concept for this piece as well, translated it into coherent balanced scenes. Bravely she first gradually built the suspense, in this way she raised the expectations on what was ahead of us and the resulting joy about what then dynamically occurred.

Report The Brassgang, Austrian Premiere during The Bregenzer Festspiele. June 28th 2017

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Family Day

 

Whether children, parents or grandchildren - all generations awaits again a colorful day in Grafenegg! To find musical friends,  try out musical instruments and even make them yourself, to dance in the park and try out the many interactive stations: creativity knows no limits when it comes to explore the diversity of music. As part of the Family Day the Tonkünstler also present two concerts.

In the first concert The Sound on the Track the search for sounds of the oceans occupies central stage. Wonk. Vuuuuummmmm. The sea is already making threatening sounds for days. But sound researcher Elfi has no fear. She dives into the depths in her multifunction submarine. Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Krakkk. Where does this new sound come from? Then an Aquarius caught in a fishing net catches her eye. Elfi sets her new waterfriend free. In gratitude he shows her the sound world that is hidden in the ocean. From singing whales to swinging coral reefs . Will you join them exploring sounds?

In the second concert Packed with sounds  all sounds come together into a true water symphony in the watercastle. Wonk. Vuuuuummmmm. The menacing sounds of the ocean are to be heard again. "t's his father, the king of Atlantis", the Aquarius admits, who demands him to return home immediately. The king is angry because the Aquarius swam away from home because he was not allowed to perform his own music. Elfi convinces her new friend that their newfound sounds will certainly soothe the troubled waters of the king. Do you help Elfi and Aquarius to fill the watercastle with the most beautiful oceanmusic?

Der Rhythmus des Ozeans

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