Last week Codarts Classical Music opened its year of public concerts with two performances in the Energiehaus in Dordrecht (3 October) and the Jurianssezaal of De Doelen, Rotterdam (5 October) by the Codarts Chamber Music under the direction of Igor Gruppman. The programme featured the 15-year old Hawijch Elders in an eloquent account of the early D minor Violin Concerto of Mendelssohn, who, as was pointed out, was a year younger than Hawijch when he wrote the work. Igor Gruppmen directed the strings in the Barshai arrangement for string orchestra of Shostakovitch’s 8th String Quartet and the wind section joined for Sibelius’ Valse Triste and Beethoven’s First Symphony.

Hawijch Elders, who is in the Codarts preparatory department, was selected to play from our concerto auditions which take place each summer. During the season, a number of students will have concerto opportunities as a result of these auditions. Next week, Ineke Hellingman (piano) will appear in Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with the Codarts Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hans Leenders in a lunch concert (12.30) in the Grote Zaal of De Doelen, Rotterdam and followed by Sibelius’ Second Symphony.

The Sibelius Symphony will be repeated in an Open Rehearsal to be taken by Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin
(Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) in the Grote Zaal of De Doelen, from 12.00 – 15.00 on Monday 20 October. Free entry and not to be missed.

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