On 22 June, Kamerkoor Kwintessens will perform a wonderful program of ancient and contemporary music in The Hague. In the program “Here I stand” you can hear music from Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, David Lang, John Tavener and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Together the compositions tell the story of the human being who creates his own reality.
Chamber choir Kwintessens was founded in 2005 by conductor Raoul Boesten. Housed in The Hague, the choir consists of 25 singers. With always appealing programs, the choir has built up a large repertoire over the years and Kwintessens often impresses its audience with more than just beautiful music. The choir is known for creating an experience that touches the soul.
Here I stand
In this program Kwintessens connects the old with the new, the earthly with the spiritual and death with life. In the meeting of these poles, the Now arises in which we as people stand. The tree, as a metaphor for humans, at the center. Life passes by her. But unlike the tree, we have the gift to choose; create or destroy, dance or fall. Such as in Jóhannsson’s piece “Odi at Amo” in which the extremes of the two human emotions are sung: “I hate and I love …”