The Hague's Baroque Orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), celebrates its 10 year jubilee this season, opening the festive season 2012-2013 on Thursday 18 October in The Hague's Philipszaal with the symphonic programme Black Magic.
Established in 2002 by Dutch based Australian conductor Simon Murphy (Sydney, 1973), the international award winning orchestra has developed a strong international reputation for its dynamic, engaging and cutting-edge performances, delivering fresh perspectives on 18th century music.
To date, the orchestra has performed more than 50 unique concert programmes in more than 250 concerts throughout the world, with tours taking the orchestra through Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Australia, Indonesia, the United States, Canada and Russia.
Highlights have included productions for the Bachfest Leipzig, Händelfestspiele Halle and the UNESCO world heritage site Schloss Brühl.
At home in the Netherlands, the NDA has been a regular guest at the country's most prestigious series, halls and festivals, including the ZaterdagMatinee at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht. In its home town of The Hague, the orchestra has established new symphonic, Baroque and chamber concert series for the city, as well founding successful education, community art and outreach programmes.
The orchestra has has successfully re-discovered and re-introduced the Netherlands' symphonic heritage, making several first recordings of symphonies by Schmitt “The Dutch Haydn”, Graaf, Stamitz, Schwindl and Zappa on the Dutch quality label PentaTone Classics. The NDA's CD series of early Mannheimer Schule symphonies has received major industry awards including an Edison and the orchestra's ground-breaking recording of Corelli's Concerti Grossi made at the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht was recently voted in the top 5 highlights of the 30 year history of the festival.
The NDA's performances of classic repertoire including symphonies of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn have been documented on a series of live recordings for Dutch radio.
In its first 10 years, the orchestra has made substantial contributions to the Netherlands' international cultural diplomacy programmes. At the invitation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the city of The Hague, the orchestra has regularly represented the Netherlands at major bilateral occasions, creating hand-crafted programmes celebrating international cultural relations. Highlights include performances in Rome (Visit of HM Queen Beatrix to Italy and Dutch EU Presidency), New York (Hudson 400), Vancouver (Cultural Olympiad), Los Angeles (Getty Center) and Sydney (Netherlands Australia 400). Later this year the NDA will visit China for the first time.
Jubilee Season Programme
Exploring the late 18th/early 19th century's obsession with the supernatural, the orchestra opens its Jubilee Season on 18 October 2012 in The Hague's Philipszaal with the concert programme Black Magic. The programme features Mendelssohn's powerful Piano Concerto in g minor together with music from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Reichardt's Macbeth, von Webers Der Freischütz and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Performing with the NDA orchestra are guest soloists German soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto and Chinese American fortepianist Shuann Chai. Leading the performance will be the orchestra's chief conductor and artistic director, Simon Murphy.
Other highlights of the NDA's jubilee season include guest appearances by the winner of the 2011 London Handel Singing Competition Canadian soprano Stefanie True in Mozart Concert Arias, the winner of the 2010 Brugge Competition Hungarian fortepianist Petra Somlai in Mozart's Concerto in C (KV 467), and the season's closing performance, the monumental programme Ein Heldenleben with music from Romberg's Ulysses, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) together with Beethoven's Symphony no. 3, Eroica.
For more details relating to this season's opening, visit www.newdutchacademy.nl.
What: NDA Jubilee Season Opening Concert - Black Magic
When: Thursday, 18 October 2012 ~ 20:15,
Where: Dr Anton Philipszaal, Spuiplein, The Hague
Tickets: €32,50 / €28,50, Youths/Students €7,50
Bookings: Kassa Philipszaal Spuiplein T 070 – 8800333