Press Release (9 May 2011)

New Dutch Academy launches season 2011-2012 

With the presentation of its new season brochure 2011-2012 at performances this weekend in The Hague, The Hague's Baroque Orchestra, "The New Dutch Academy", has launched its concert programme for season 2011-2012. 

In the new season, the international award winning NDA, together with artistic director and conductor Simon Murphy, will continue its three popular concert series in its home city - Symphonic, Bach Orchestral and Chamber with the 40 international specialist musicians of the orchestra gathering in The Hague to perform works by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Rossini and their 18th century contemporaries. 

The NDA's programming in The Hague is unique in many ways. The NDA is the only Baroque Orchestra in the Netherlands to be structurally supported by the city in which it operates, and is the only Baroque orchestra in the Netherlands which runs its own symphonic, baroque orchestral and chamber series in and for the city in which it is based.  In recent years the NDA has won international recognition for its work in rediscovering the symphonic traditions of The Hague, including its recent, world premiere CD recording of symphonies from the 18th century Hague court on the Dutch label PentaTone. "18th century rock 'n roll ... a total eyeopener" Haagsche Courant, "swinging and persuasive!" Het Parool, "earthy energy with funky rhythms and fine articulation" De Volkskrant

In 2011-2012, the NDA continues with its trademark refreshing, engaging and dynamic programming style - presenting programmes with newly rediscovered 18th century masterworks and offering new insights into classic repertoire. The NDA series in The Hague offer audiences the opportunity to experience the richness, depth and variety of 18th century music from large scale orchestral through to intricate chamber music in dynamic and energising performances presented in a venue to match the music. Each series is presented in a different venue specifically chosen to suit the size and type of music being performed. The Chamber Music Series, for example, is presented in the intimate ambience of The Hague's oldest concert hall, Theater Diligentia (1804), whilst the Symphonic Series is presented at the city's symphonic hall, the Philipszaal (Spuiplein). 

The NDA will open the season in the city's symphony hall, Philipszaal (Spuiplein), on 20 October 2011, with a festive symphonic programme entitled "It's About Time". The programme sees the welcome return to The Netherlands of Danish diva, Nina Bols Lundgren (Soprano) in arias by Mozart, Paisiello and Rossini. Under the baton of the NDA's artistic director and conductor Simon Murphy, the NDA Orchestra will also perform Rossini's Overture to "La Cenerentola" ("Cinderella") and Haydn's Symphony no. 101 "The Clock". Ms Lundgren, wowed audiences in The Hague last season when she stepped in, at the last minute, for Susanne Ryden. This time Ms Lundgren is back on her own terms, singing Susanna’s Aria “Deh vieni, non tardar” from Mozart's “Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiorilla’s Aria “Non si dà follia maggiore” from Rossini's “Il Turco in Italia", the Mozart Concert Aria “Nehmt meinen Dank”, Giulia’s Aria “Il mio ben sospiro e chiamo” from Rossini's “La Scala di Seta” and the Cavatina “Il mio ben” from Paisiello's “Nina”(!). 

Recent winner of the prestigious London Handel Singing Competition, Stefanie True (Soprano), will also return to the New Dutch Academy in 2011-2012 for a special programme exploring Mozart's relationship with the star singers of the 1770's and 1780's. Entitled "Mozart in Love", the programme includes the arias "Zeffiretti lusinghieri" from Idomeneo, "Vedrai, carino" from Don Giovanni, "Come Scoglio" from Così fan tutte and the concert aria "Bella mia fiamma", alongside Mozart's Symphony no. 31 "Paris". Created especially by Ms True and Simon Murphy, the programme will receive its premiere in The Hague on 10 May, 2012. 

Other highlights of the season's programme will certainly include the Dutch Debut of BBC Music Award winner, Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord) in a very special recital together with Simon Murphy (Viola) in December 2011, a programme celebrating the "Empress of Pleasure" with Baroque dance specialists Caroline Copeland and Kay Sylegard in February 2012, and Cellist Caroline Kang performing the Bach Suites on an original early 18th century large scale cello in June 2012.  

The NDA's season brochure is designed by the Dutch graphic designer Crisja Ran. The pattern featured on the brochure is a modern reworking of a wallpaper design by the early 18th century Hague court designer Daniel Marot. 

Alongside the season's concert series, the NDA also runs several outreach and community art programmes, in co-operation with Fonds 1818, including the "Baroque Summer" initiative where amateur musicians are coached by NDA members and the "Tea and Symphony" programme which brings the concert hall to less mobile citizens. 

Download the NDA's Season Brochure 2011-2012 

Book tickets for the season opening

Watch Nina Bols Lundgren (soprano) and the NDA Orchestra perform Mozart's Aria "Ruhe Sanft" as part of the NDA's season 2010-2011  

Watch Stefanie True (soprano) in concert with the NDA's Chamber Soloists as part of the NDA's season 2010-2011 

Watch Simon Murphy (conductor) and the NDA Orchestra perform Mozart's Symphony no. 38 as part of the NDA's season 2010-2011  

Chronological Play List, The Hague, 2011-2012  

The last performance in the NDA's current (2010-2011) season in The Hague is on Sunday 22 May 2011 in Theater Diligentia at 14:30. The programme, "Take Five", features the NDA Chamber Soloists performing String Quintets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. More info ... 


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