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Christmas as seen by the shepherds.

How did the shepherds spend the longest nights of the year? LUDWIG has put together a programme that can best be performed in the open fields – but luckily the main auditorium at TivoliVredenburg will also do. Many composers drew their inspiration from rural life, and a number of magnificent examples will be performed at Vredenburg Friday: Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (better known as the Pastoral) and Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 (Le Matin). There is a major role for the recorder, which like all flutes originated in the ones the shepherds used. Vivaldi’s flute concerto 433 will be performed, with fifteen-year-old Lucie Horsch as the soloist.

Hunters will also play a part in the concert. On the lectern is part of Bach’s Christmas oratorio, with ample room for hunting horns. The cantata sings of the close of the old and the start of the new year. The concert will end in this shared, cathartic atmosphere, but not before the audience has been treated to a surprise associated with the classical music award De Ovatie. In July this year it was announced that LUDWIG and Barbara Hannigan had won the award for their joint concert LUDWIG loves Barbara, performed at the Concertgebouw on 5 April 2014. The Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Halls (VSCD) will take the opportunity to present De Ovatie after this concert. Simon Reinink, director of the Concertgebouw presented the prestigious prize to Peppie Wiersma, artistic director of LUDWIG.


Photography & artwork: Hans van der Woerd

Haydn, Symphony No. 6 (‘Le matin’)
Vivaldi, Flute concerto, RV 443
Bach, From Christmas oratorio, cantata 4 part 1, Jesu richte mein Beginnen
Beethoven, Sixth (Pastoral) Symphony



Fri, December 19, 2014
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Christmas with LUDWIG - Vredenburg Friday