The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

I’m happy to be working with one of the very best orchestras in the world, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. It celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The RCO developed a new format for the AAA concerts on Thursday nights: well over an hour of orchestral music without a break, preceded by a curtain-raiser (a prominent person discusses the theme on the Main Hall stage) and followed by the /entrée Late Night. The first concert in this format is thrilling in every respect: music for scary film moments, with film projections. Before the concert, the young and successful film director Pieter Kuijpers (well-known for films such as Van God Los and TBS) will speak about Suspense in music and film. For the next four AAA Thursdays (September, October, January and March). I’m working on the PR strategy and online communication together with design agency Grrr.

Suspense – music & cinema – September 12 at the Concertgebouw
A menacing ostinato and frightening tremolos, followed by the diabolus in musica right before catastrophe strikes. The horror film owes much to tried and tested musical effects. By the same token, modern music owes a great deal to horror films, be they the thrillers of the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, or the often highly entertaining B-movies produced by the likes of Hammer and Amicus. And what could be more exciting than the harsh dissonances of ‘serial killer’ Schoenberg, the alarming horns and clusters of Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin, or the chilly strings Bernard Herrmann used to accompany a murder in Psycho? Perhaps this: newly commissioned compositions for existing film fragments by three very different Dutch composers!