Boom! Shake the ROOM!
Last year was the first time B-Classic ventured outside Tongeren, the home of classical music and birthplace of the festival. For six days, we pitched our tents in Genk, where we passed the mic to the locals and within a classical context, set to work with the multicultural influences found in this city. A resounding success that begged to be repeated.
This year, we once again kick things off in Genk for six days, after which we go back home for five equally spectacular days in Tongeren. And B-Classic wouldn’t be B-Classic if we didn’t push back last year’s boundaries that little bit further this year. In 2018, people called us crazy for mixing classical music with rap and hip-hop; in 2019, we are going all out with an honest-to-God rap opera (yes, you read it right – unless, of course, you lost your glasses). Also on the programme are the classical – though often unorthodox – meetings between musicians who only know each other by reputation, the charity concert, the surprising big names, an actual world première, and the odds and sods where anything goes. All of this – where possible – in keeping with our by now illustrious pressure-cooking principle*.
In 2019, we will be venturing even further afield, with Queen of Spades (Schoppenvrouw)on 25 May, a show in partnership with the Hasselt Fashion Museum, in which Ekaterina Levental tells the story of five iconic women from recent world history. On Sunday 23 June, there is a sunrise concert in Borgloon, and the icing on the cake is the performance by a brand-new string quartet festival in Sint-Truiden.
But we are starting with a bang.
*B-Classic strives for a powerful and intense live experience. Our PRESSURE COOKING method and the quest for creativity demands the complete, artistic exposure of our performers and an interaction with the audience.
What does this method mean for B-Classic?
" Every year we gather musicians in Genk and Tongeren.
" Each day they rehearse new music and create new productions, each time in different ensembles.
" Each night they show us the result on stage during intense, surprising and emotional performances.
" Therefore, our musicians need to be extremely talented and prepared to put themselves in a vulnerable position.
Team AND contact
Hugo Peumans (voorzitter)
Koen Vanmechelen: artistiek peterschap
+32 497 427 960
+32 475 436 277
+32 497 427 960
Hugo Peumans (president)
Koen Vanmechelen: artistic patronage
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FRIENDS OF B-CLASSIC
B-Classic is a social laboratory that produces scintillating performances. A meeting place for audiences and musicians with a threshold that won’t trip up anyone who walks across it.
FRIENDS OF B-CLASSIC was set up to help support the activities of B-Classic. It is a way for B-Classic supporters to contribute both financially and in other ways to the success of our musical projects. They are fans and ambassadors.
Annual membership is only €40 for one person and €65 for two people. Payments can be made into account number BE94 7330 4832 3814.
Friends of B-Classic receive:
an introduction to the festival concerts (B-Classic and Quartz) 30 mins before they start, in the concert hall.
a B-Classic pin!
a free drink at the opening of the B-Classic festival.
FRIENDS OF B-CLASSIC
Bruno en Borg Boeykens-Boelen
Ivo en Irena Vandekerckhove-Polewka
Jan Mathieu Wijckmans
Greet Op de Beeck
Ernst G. Stefels
Guido en Yvette Vanmaele-Nootens
Ad en Ingrid Van Empel-Hanekamp
Bart en Anneleen Lodewijckx-De Vroey
Jaak en Riet Baerten-Jeurissen
Luc en Annemie Savelkoul-Coenegrachts
Patrick en Ann Wolfs-Lahor
André en Martine Remans
Luc en Marijke Darcis-Bloemen
Eddy en Rina Vanderputte-Houben
Richard en Francine Rega-Vanrillaer
Bieke De Keukeleire
Ernest en Edith Dewinter-Houben
Kunstgalerij De Mijlpaal
Jos en Liliane Baar-Bormans
Luc en Martine Germonpré-Debaenst