Music at the Glass Vase Concert 23 May 2010

What is the Glass Vase Concert? or rather, Glass Vase Concerts (with an s) as there are several different ones on Sunday 23 May 2010.

The glass vase is where you donate your euros for this free concert to support young musicians starting out in their careers. See illustration below.

Glass vase and Monument House Glass Mug

Glass vase and Monument House Glass Mug

The custom-designed Monument House glass mug, durable for hot and cold drinks, will be on sale at 10 euros each (including one serving of home brewed beer). This also supports the Monument House Concert Series in its 4th year, named for the renovated Dutch monument house next to the peaceful Merwedekanaal which runs into the Amsterdamrijn Canal. The latter connects the Amstel River to the Rhine river in Germany.

Doors open 14:00 with coffee, tea, and the usual greetings.

14:30 – 15:30 First Concert

Dutch pianist Leonie de Klerk will select from her Bachelor final exam concert which is already a well-balanced programme of Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, Chopin, and Scriabin. What can be taken out to reduce 45 to 20 minutes? I certainly hope Chopin’s Ballade number 4 remains.

Chinese tenor Duo Pan, accompanied by Catalan pianist Carol Ruiz Gandia, will sing art songs of Mahler and an aria from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, among others from his forthcoming Bachelor final exam.

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:00 Second Concert

In the second set, Russian harpist Maria Pozdynakova will play selections from her forthcoming Masters exam and competition. Hosokawa’s Gesine is a commissioned piece for a competition in Munich ARD, where Maria has participated. Legende was written by the famous harpist Henriette Renie and has a program – a poem about a knight,who’s being bewitched by elves. Pour le Tombeau de Orphee is a very atmospheric piece by Dutch composer Marius Flothuis.

The Baroque cello duo of American cellist Stephanie Hunt and Brazillian cellist Fernando Venturin will play selections from the following programme:

Giovanni Sammartini (1698-1750)  Sonata in a minor

  • Andante
  • Allegro
  • Minuet (Allegro)

Salvatore Lanzetti (1710-1780) Sonata XII in D Major from 12 Sonaten Op. 1 (1736)

  • Allegro
  • Andante Cantabile
  • Menuet

Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) Sonata V in F major from Sonates pour le Violoncelle et Basse Continue, Op. 5 (1746)

  • Adagio
  • Allegro Moderato
  • Adagio
  • Allegro

17:00 – 17:30 Break

17:30 – 18:30 Third Concert

Dutch alto Nicky Bouwers will sing from Elgar’s Sea Pictures from her forthcoming Masters final exam concert. Accompanist Thijn Vermeulen will also give a piano solo programme of Poulenc and Ligeti from his forthcoming Bachelor final exam concert.

In each of the above concerts, the organisers will play a piece. French horn / piano, guitar solo, guitar / piano.

18:30 – 20:00 authentic Egyptian dinner will be served (please reserve in advance for headcount).

20:00 onwards, to 23:00

Dutch composer and vocalist Marianne Verbrugge will perform her own works, some in the jazz genre, accompanied by Dutch composer/pianist Henk Alkema and Austrian cellist Anna Schweizer. This will open the evening for a free-for-all “jam session” for the musicians and guests. The jam includes anything from old compositions to new improvisations.

For more information, visit

Location: The Monument House, Keulsekade 25, 3531JX Utrecht, The Netherlands

Free parking

Max seating capacity (not including the dozen performers): 40



Filed under audience, composition, concert, planning, venues

3 responses to “Music at the Glass Vase Concert 23 May 2010

  1. Liesbeth en Kees

    Hi Anne,
    Kees and I like to come to the dinner and afterwards. Hope you have room left!
    Liesbeth Spits

  2. Update:
    Due to time constraints, the second concert includes just 2 cello duos (not 3) followed by harp solo. No guitar solo.

    The third concert begins with piano solo.

  3. Pingback: Music of Henk Alkema | Concert Blog

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