Summer Tour 2019

8 augustus 2019

In August 2019, the orchestra members gave three energetic gigs at special locations in the Netherlands as part of the NJO Muziekzomer ("Music Summer") and the Grachtenfestival. They were led by the Japanese Miho Hazama, who had conducted the Metropole Orchestra, Jong Metropole's big brother, several times in the past.

Aftermovie of the Friday night concert of 9 August in open-air theatre “Zuiderparktheater” in The Hague

Friday night concert of 9 August in open-air theatre “Zuiderparktheater” in The Hague (photo Pieter Kunnen)

This unique orchestra presented a dynamic and swinging programme with works from Duke Ellington, John Williams and a new composition by Tijn Wybenga (winner of the Rogier van Otterloo Award 2018). The concerts were an eclectic mix of old and new.

Rogier van Otterloo Award

The young composer Damiano Pascarelli (1987) received the Rogier van Otterloo Award during the concert in Radio Kootwijk. Damiano is a versatile composer, arranger and conductor. He has arranged for the best (jazz) orchestras in Europe, and he already regularly collaborates with the Metropole Orchestra and its chief conductor Jules Buckley.

The jury was impressed by the talent of the Italian student from Conservatorium van Amsterdam: 'Pascarelli leaves a lot of space in his music that does not disturb anywhere, shows a lyrical expressiveness and timeliness: a contemporary approach to composing and arranging within an idiom drenched in history.'

Saturday night 10 August in Former Broadcasting Station Radio Kootwijk (photographs Pieter Kunnen)

Sunday afternoon 11 August at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival (photo Ronald Knapp)

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