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Satie Festival in the Aa Church

12:00 - 18:00

Der Aa Church
Akerkhof 2
9711 JB Groningen


Godfather of minimal music?


On Sunday 15th November the Aa Church presents a Satie Festival. This afternoon pianist/conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, to name but one, will perform music by the French composer Erik Satie.

Reinbert de Leeuw

Classical music rarely achieves hit status, but in the Eighties De Leeuw’s recording of the Gymnopédies by the eccentric French composer was a great success. De Leeuw is passionate about the mystical, almost medieval purity of the piano music Satie composed at the end of the 19th century in Paris. De Leeuw now calls his Satie recordings ‘terrible’, which makes one curious to hear how he interprets the piece forty years later.

Kees Wieringa

Pianist, composer and television and radio producer Kees Wieringa gained acclaim for his performances of the work of Dutch composers Jacob van Domselaer, Daniël Ruyneman and Simeon ten Holt. He has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Residentie Orkest, the Radio Symfonieorkest, the Balletorkest and the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a pianist at many festivals.

Martin Grudaj graduated with honours from the Conservatory in The Hague. Grudaj is from Albania and has developed a particular affinity for improvisation. Improvisation is essential to Erik Le Cornu Huele: the freedom to be inspired by the present moment.


12 p.m. Kees Wieringa – piano: Simeon ten Holt (Soloduiveldansen) Wieringa and Satie ( Pièces froides)

1 p.m.   Lunch break

2 p.m.   Duo Martin Grudaj, cello & Erik Le Cornu Huele, piano, with guest Eske Tibben, soprano: Arvo Pärt (Spiegel im Spiegel), Mompou, Huele and Satie

3.30 p.m. Reinbert de Leeuw – piano: Satie (Gymnopédies, Ogives, Gnossiennes, le Fils des Etoiles, Sonneries de la Roses + Croix)

Admission: € 18 (standard price) or € 10 + an envelope containing whatever you wish to donate (reduced price). Please fill in the reduced price code + envelope when ordering, and take the envelope with you to the festival. For tickets see top right hand corner of this page.



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