SUN 15 SEP ’19



At the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten, there has been a musical tribute every year since 2006; a classical concert that befits the unique location. This in commemoration of the fallen soldiers who gave their lives in the Second World War for the liberation of the Netherlands, and to celebrate the liberation of the Netherlands in September 1944, which started in the south of Limburg.

The next concert will take place on 15 September 2019. The concert will be performed by philharmonie zuidnederland. This year Limburg is celebrating 75 years of living in freedom. The concert will be given by the South Netherlands Philharmonic and the choirs Studium Chorale and Brabant Choir.
Mahler’s Second Symphony will be performed.


Schrijf de monoloog voor de vrijheid!

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In het kader van 75 jaar bevrijding roept Stichting Margraten Eerbetoon alle Limburgse jongeren tot 25 jaar op tot het schrijven van ‘de monoloog voor de vrijheid’. De monoloog is onderdeel van het programma ‘Vrijheid…




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).


ADDRESS Amerikaanse Begraafplaats 1 6269 NA Margraten

BY CAR Coming from the A79 or Maastricht. A79 take exit Cadier and Keer / Vaals. Follow N278 through Cadier and Keer towards Margraten / Vaals. Continue to follow N278 until you reach the American Cemetery. There is ample parking space at the cemetery.

Coming from the A76 or Parkstad. A76 take exit 7 (Vaals / Simpelveld). Follow the N281 in the direction of Vaals until the N278. N278 direction Maastricht through Nijswiller and Gulpen to Margraten. Follow Rijksweg direction Cadier and Keer / Maastricht until you reach the American Cemetery.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT Line 350 direction Aachen Hauptbahnhof or Maastricht, get off at the stop ‘Militair Kerkhof’.

BY BICYCLE The American Cemetery is easily accessible by bicycle. You can take the bike path along the N278 Maastricht-Vaals. Bike stands are available at the cemetery.


Anyone can attend the concert, admittance is free. There are ca 3,500 seats (reservation is not possible). If you would like to be sure of a seat, consider becoming a donor. Please be in time, because of the special character of this year’s concert it can be very busyThere are special places available for the handicapped and one companion. The concert takes place at the American Cemetery and several special rules apply here: visitors should behave in a respectful and quiet manner and respect the crosses. We advise you to dress modestly, even in hot weather (no shorts or sleeveless t-shirts). Making of audio- and video recordings of the concert -other than accredited press- is not allowed. Dogs are not allowed.