Retrospectives

Summer tour 2021

6 augustus 2021

In August 2021, after 1.5 years of silence, it was finally time for (a) 'Reunion': the summer tour of Jong Metropole. The tour was named after the new composition Reunion by Damiano Pascarelli, the winner of the Rogier van Otterloo Award 2019. Pascarelli completed the piece during the lockdown in the spring of 2020, giving it the name Reunion: the work represents hope and the desire to be able to play together again. Reunion is musically inspired by the work of Rogier van Otterloo, including the piece Esther, written as film music for the famous Dutch movie Soldaat van Oranje (‘Soldier of Orange’) from 1977. Jong Metropole was conducted by the German conductor, arranger and band leader Jochen Neuffer. Kika Sprangers (saxophone) was the soloist during the performances, including in the piece Reunion.


 
After a private concert on Friday evening 6 August in Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Jong Metropole played on Saturday evening 7 August in Nijmegen and on Sunday evening 8 August at Teuge air base (near Apeldoorn). The last concert of the summer tour was held in the airplane hangar at this base. That evening, Kika Sprangers won the Rogier van Otterloo Award, the incentive prize of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Photo 7 August Robbie 't Jong, 8 August Pieter Kunnen

Jeugdig enthousiasme en lef

Het werden drie zinderende concerten met de fantastische soliste Kika Sprangers, de première van Reunion, geweldige orkestleden én... met volle zalen! Het publiek was enthousiast: “Er werd gespeeld met heel veel jeugdig enthousiasme en lekker veel lef”. En soliste Kika, die zelf vijf jaar geleden nog in het orkest speelde, zei er na afloop over: “Ik vond het magisch en heb er elke seconde van genoten”.
 
Jong Metropole was ook uitgenodigd om op te treden tijdens het internationaal jeugdorkestenfestival Young Euro Classic in Berlijn op 10 augustus, maar dit concert is vanwege de reisbeperkingen rondom het coronavirus helaas komen te vervallen.

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