From 9:00 Opportunity to visit the cemetery
14:30 All invitees to have taken their seats *
15:00 – 16:30 Liberation Concert 2019 (no interval)
* From 14:30 we will release all unoccupied seats to visitors without a seat reservation.
This year, Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony was chosen for the Liberation Concert. The work is a magnum opus in musical history, but above all of great scope. Within an hour and a half, Mahler exposes the listener to a roller coaster of emotions; the struggle with existence, the how and why of humanity. Mahler forces the listener to reflect on the deceased, but ultimately calls for resurrection, hope and eternal life.
The work ends magisterially with the impressive Finale, about which Gustav wrote in a letter to his beloved Alma: ‘The earth quivers, the graves burst open, the dead rise and throng in an endless procession. The apocalyptic trumpets call, but in the middle of the deadly silence, we think we hear a nightingale singing in the distance; a final vague echo of life on earth. A choir of saints and heaven-dwellers softly sounds.’
South Netherlands Philharmonic and the choirs Studium Chorale and the Brabant Choir will perform this special concert. The work, led by chief conductor Dmitri Liss, provides an overwhelming listening experience and musical tribute to our liberators. The number of performers is impressive: 72 singers and two orchestras, with a total of 111 musicians. The soloists are Sarah Wegener (soprano) and Helena Rasker (alto).