Soloists Maarten Koningsberger and Heleen Koele
On Saturday 23 April the Bekker Choir will give a concert in the Aa Church. They will perform the Requiem by Fauré, conducted by Geert-Jan van Beijeren Bergen en Henegouwen and accompanied by Eeuwe Zijlstra on the famous Schnitger organ. Soloists are the acclaimed baritone Maarten Koningsberger and soprano Heleen Koele.
Both the famous Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, which was composed in 1893, and the more contemporary Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen, composed in 1997, reflect the universal hope that ‘eternal rest’ and ‘eternal light’ be granted after death. Likewise, Psalm 130 – “Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord” – set to music by Arvo Pärt in his De Profundis in 1980, and his Da Pacem Domine, composed in 2004, are prayers for peace and forgiveness.
The Bekker Choir
The Bekker Choir was founded in 1877 and is still going strong in 2016, with over a hundred excellent amateur singers. They have performed under the baton of Geert-Jan van Beijeren Bergen en Henegouwen since 2008. Their repertoire includes the Stabat Mater by Dvorak, Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms, the Requiem by Mozart and the Requiem by Verdi, Messiah by Händel and – of course – the St. Matthew Passion by Bach.
Pure, warm and versatile are words often used to describe the range and timbre of soprano Heleen Koele, who has performed in many oratorios, operas and vocal ensembles. A great diversity of styles characterize the acclaimed baritone Maarten Koningsberger, whose performances have taken him to prestigious concert halls all over the globe.
Organist Eeuwe Zijlstra
Eeuwe Zijlstra is both organist and all round musician. He is the organist at the Grote Kerk in Harlingen, where he plays the Hinsz organ, as well as at the Baptist Church in Groningen, and can often be heard playing the organ in the Martini Church.
Lux Aeterna, Morten Lauridsen
De Profundis and Da Pacem Domine, Arvo Pärt
Requiem, Gabriel Fauré
Eeuwe Zijlstra, organ
Heleen Koele, soprano
Maarten Koningsberger, baritone
Conductor: Geert-Jan van Beijeren Bergen en Henegouwen
Front row tickets € 19,50
Standard tickets € 14,50, up to 25 years of age € 10