From 14 to 19 June 2011 Festival Classique presents classical music on a grand scale in the historic centre of The Hague. The concerts range from large-scale performances by the Residentie Orkest on the festival’s floating main stage to small and intimate productions in museums, churches and other unusual venues.
Floating stage on Hofvijver
Festival Classique is a several-day classical music festival for a wide audience. The festival takes place in the historical city center of The Hague under the motto: Buiten.Gewoon.Klassiek. The festival attempts to lower the threshold by choosing a more contemporary approach, without lowering the high quality standards of classical music. The locations are extraordinary, the presentations are personal and the decors are surprising.
From ‘Bach behind Bars’ to ‘Klassiek bij de Kapper’
During ‘Bach behind Bars’ the public can enjoy Bach’s Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Cembalo in the setting of the Prison Gate Museum. The new ‘Klassiek bij de Kapper’ offers customers a private concert met live classical music while they’re getting a head massage. ‘Exclusief voor de Koning’ features music and stories from the era of Farinelli.
Music and the senses
A number of recent successes return in a new guise: The Festival Classique Baby Concerts create a world of music, light and colour that both stimulates and relaxes the little ones, and the celebrated ‘Church Trail’ series features the three Faith, Hope and Love concerts. And if your baby is on its way, there is the ‘Bolle Buiken, Ronde Klanken’ concert for expectant mothers.
The annual FC Hofvijverconcert will be broadcast live on AVRO television on Saturday evening. Beautiful classical music and extraordinary circus performers will come together in the sold-out 'Cirque Classique'.
Late night parties
A special Friday night concert will celebrate the festival’s five-year anniversary. Five brand new Steinway grand pianos will grace the Hofvijver stage played by the extremely talented siblings, American piano masters The 5 Browns. Following their concert, the grand pianos they are playing on will be sold with a big festival discount, offered by Ypma pianos and Steinway Center Nederland.
The a capella male choir the King’s Singers will present a romantic late night concert on Saturday with a dash of British humour, presented by Dutch comedian Tijl Beckand.
And the party is not over yet! Festival Café on the Plein will be open each evening after the concerts are over for you to party on to classical music until 2 in the morning. Resident DJ Von Rosenthal de la Vegaz will bring his classical mixes – from Stravinsky to Bach – to the Saturday night After Party.
Special for children
Kids will be delighted to join up for a visit to Neverland and fly away to the music of Holland Symfonia at the ever popular KinderWaterConcert. And the festival also provides concerts for the younger still: concerts for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Plein is the hub of activity
The Plein will be the place where all the magic happens before, in between and after the concerts. Here you can enjoy food and drinks: from sushi to pancakes, from coffee to champagne. Go and check out the Plein stage while you’re here, with free concerts by young and upcoming talent.
Festival Classique is part of The Hague Festivals and is an initiative of AVRO and IDTV, in partnership with the Municipality of The Hague.