Gala concert ‘30 years International Choir Contest of Flanders Maasmechelen

Saturday 7 October 2017 8:15 p.m.
Schouwburg Cultuurcentrum Maasmechelen
Tickets € 12

The international Choir contest of Flanders – Maasmechelen, that together with Arezzo, Cork,
Debrecen, Marktoberdorf, Tours and Maribor is part of a select group of leading European
choir contests exists for 30 years this 2017. This is celebrated with a festive concert at the
Culture Centre of Maasmechelen. Apart from the Gentlemen Singers also the mixed choir
Cantate Maasmechelen will perform. This choir founded the international Choir contest of
Flanders – Maasmechelen and still is its main organizer.
After the ‘ouverture’ by Cantate, conducted by Marie-Rose Van Gerven, the stage is cleared
for the Gentlemen Singers.

Mixed choir Cantate Maasmechelen

Cantate was founded in 1967 by Frans Meyers and Maurice Delporte. The first conductor
was Marcel Colla. In 1977 Maurice Delporte took over until 1989. Then Marie-Rose Van
Gerven became conductor and she still is.
On the occasion of its 20 the anniversary in 1987, the choir organized – under the impulse of
Frans Meyers – the first International Choir Contest called ‘Cantate’. The history of Cantate
and the competition are inextricabley linked.
Obviously, both organisations want to celebrate these jubilees together.

Vocal Ensemble Gentlemen Singers / Czech Republic

Vocal Ensemble Gentlemen
Singers from Hradec Králové is
the only professional male octet
of its kind in the Czech Republic.
The ensemble was founded in 2003 and has given more than 500 concerts in twenty-three
countries on four continents. It has released seven own well-acclaimed cd’s and won several
international competitions. This Vocal Ensemble is a frequent guest of prestigious festivals
from the USA to South-Korea.
The members also organise the annual festival ‘Sborové slavnosti * Czech Choir Festival *
Hradec Králové’. Its main goals are to promote a current choir scene and to spread Czech
music outside the Czech Republic.
As ambassadors of the Czech choir school they organize various workshops and
masterclasses. They are described as ‘the vocal hope and living water for the Czech choir

Gala concert

Cantate conducted by Marie-Rose Van Gerven

Pianist: Paul Steegmans

Ik zag Cecilia komen Arr.: Jan Vermulst (1925 – 1994)
Uit / From ‘Zigeunerlieder’ opus 103

  • Wißt ihr , wann mein Kindchen
  • Lieber Gott, du weißt
  • Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze
  • Röslein dreie in der Reihe
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Uit / From ‘Bavarian Highlands’ opus 27

  • The Dance
 Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)
Uit / From ‘V přírodě’ –  ‘Amid Nature’  opus 63

  • Napadly písně
 Antonín Dvořak  (1841 – 1904)

Vocal Ensemble Gentlemen Singers

Ave Maria (Angelus Domini) Franz Biebl (1906 – 2001)
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise

1. Salut, Dame Sainte
2. Tout puissant
3. Seigneur, je vous en prie
4. O mes très chers frères

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Cantate Domino Vytautas Miškinis (1954)
Contrapunto Bestiale Alla Mente Adriano Banchieri (1568 – 1634)
Matona mia cara Orlando di Lasso (1532 – 1594)
Il est bel et bon Pierre Passereau (fl. 1509 – 1547)
Of All the Birds that I Do Know John Bartlet (fl. 1606-?)
Ztracená ovečka (Lost Sheep) Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Hostina (The Sparrow’s Party) Antonín Dvořák
Na prievoze (At the Ferry) Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
Na košatej jedli (Two Doves In a Fir Tree) Leoš Janáček
Lásko, milá lásko* (Love Sweet Love) Jan Vičar (*1955)
Vejr (The Owl) Jan Vičar
Summertime George Gershwin / (arr. S. Szabó)
The Night Before* Lennon & McCartney / arr. Petr Wajsar
All You Need Is Love* Lennon & McCartney / arr. Petr Wajsar
Heaven Somewhere* Stephen Hatfield (arr.)

International Choir Contest of Flanders