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What’s on in Brussels : 25 – 31 October 2010

Monday 25th October

  • Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto Op 35, Glinka’s Overture Russlan and Ludmilla and César Franck’s Symphony in D minor: National Orchestra of Belgium and Lorenzo Gatto, BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels at 20:00.  A concert in aid of the Salus Sanguinis Children’s foundation.
  • Brahms Piano Sonata, Violin Sonata, Piano Trio, Clarinet Trio and Horn Trio: Les XXI (Daniel Blumenthal (piano), Andrew Hardy (violin), Jeroen Reuling (cello) and Yumiko Kawai (clarinet), Wolubilis, ave Paul Hymans 251, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert at 20:00.  A lot of Brahms.
  • Piano Bar: Martin Daniel, Café Bonnefooi, Steenstraat 8, 1000 Brussels at 22:00.  This week’s piano bar is with a young classically trained pianist who mixes jazz, hip-hop, electro, funk and reggae.
  • Jazz: Master Sessions (Bart De Nolf (contrabas), Bruno Castellucci (drums), Michael Blass (piano)), Sounds Jazz Club, Rue de Tulipe 28, 1050 Ixelles at 22:00.  Last chance (this time round) to catch these guys at Sounds.

Tuesday 26th October

  • Joseph Brodsky’s poetry accompanied by improvised music: Dirk Roofthooft (actor) and Kris Defoort (composer/pianist), Kaaitheater, Sainctelettesquare 20, 1000 Brussel at 20:30.  In Dutch with French surtitles.  Unusual and definitely worth seeing.
  • Jazz: Raf Debacker Trio (Cedric Raymond (bass), Lionel Beuvens (drums), Raphael Debacker (piano)), Sounds Jazz Club, Tulpstraat 28, 1050 Ixelles at 22:00.  Another chance to hear them.

Wednesday 27th October

  • Beethoven’s String trio Nr 4, op. 9, Dohnanyi’s Serenade op. 10 and Sorensen’s Gondola l’Amore: Trio Aristos, BOZAR, Hall M, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels at 12:40.
  • Jazz: Twanque (Domien Holthof (laptop), Frederik Lebeer (keyboards), Andrew Claes (saxophone/electronica) and Thibault Dille (accordion), VUB Kultuurcafé, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Ixelles at 12:30.  A free lunchtime concert with young musicians from the Brussels’ Conservatory.
  • Mahler’s Rücker Lieder, Schreker’s Nachtstück and Brahms’ Symphony Nr. 4: Münchner Philharmoniker and Renée Fleming (soprano), BOZAR, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels at 20:00.
  • Jazz: Narcissus (Robin Verheyen (saxophone), Guillermo Celano (guitar), Jozef Dumoulin (piano, Fender Rhodes), Clemens van der Feen (bass), Flin van Hemmen (drums)), Jazz Station, Leuvensesteenweg 163, 1210 Sint Joost at 20:30.  A soft, fluid sort of jazz.
  • Jazz: Todd Bishop Pop Art 4, Café Bonnefooi, Steenstraat 8, 1000 Brussels at 22:00.  A nice mix of jazz and electronics.  Loungy.

Thursday 28th October

  • Bruckner’s Mass Nr. 2, Brahms’ Lieder and Cornelius’ Requiem: Collegium Vocale Gent, the Accademia Chigiana Siena and I Solisti del Vento, BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels at 20:00.
  • Jazz: Phil Abraham Quartet (Ron van Rossum (trombone), Sal La Rocca (contrebass), Jan De Haas (drums), Jazz Station, Leuvensesteenweg 163, 1210 Sint Joost at 20:00.  Tight jazz, but you have to like scatting (I’m not such a great fan).
  • Jazz: Manuel Hermia Trio (Joao Lobo (drums), Manolo Cabras (contrebass) and Manuel Hermia (saxophone, flute), Sounds Jazz Club, rue de la Tulipe 28,  1050 Ixelles at 22:00.  These guys are seriously cool.  Youtube clip.

Friday 29th October

  • Janácek’s String Quartet Nr 2 and Martinu’s String Quartet Nr 5: Soloists from the Monnaie (Nana Kawamura, Gudrun Vercampt, Yves Cotrvrint and Sebastien Walner), De Munt, Place de la Monnaie, 1000 Brussel at 12:30.  In the Concertino series of chamber music on Friday lunchtimes, this programme of Czech music will be refreshingly different.
  • Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen &  4 Last Songs; Brahms‘ 3rd Symphony. Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and Christiane Oelze (soprano), Flagey Studio 4, Heilig Kruisplein, 1050 Ixelles at 20:15.
  • Mozart’s Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra, his Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, his Concerto for 2 Pianos and his Symphony Nr. 21: Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie with Lorenzo Gatto and Augustin Dumay (violins), Antoine Tamestit (viola), and Christia Hudziy and Amandine Savary (piano), BOZAR, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels at 20:00.  Seems a long programme – but a feast for Mozart fans.
  • Machaut’s ‘Remède de Fortune’: Marc Mauillon (voice), Vivabiancaluna Biffi (fiddle, voice), Pierre Hamon (flute), Angélique Mauillon (harp), Eglise Notre-Dame du Bon Secours, Kolenmarkt 91
    1000 Brussel at 20:00.  Machaut’s medieval ‘Lover’s Complaint’ will be a rare treat in a fun part of town.
  • Jazz: The New Orleans Roof Jazzmen, The Music Village, Steenstraat 50, 1000 Brussels at 21:00.  Old style jazz veterans.
  • Jazz: Adrien Volant Quartet, Adrien Volant (trumpet), Guillaume Vierset (guitar), Antoine Pierre (percussion) and Felix Zurstrassen (bass), Café Floreo, Rijke Klarenstraat 19, 100 Brussel at 21:00.
  • Jazz: Da Romeo’s Band, Sounds Jazz Club, Tulpstraat 28, 1050 Ixelles at 22:00.  Smooth and funky.

Saturday 30th October

  • Festival Oh So Choir: Organised by Koor&Stem in the Flagey building.  Events spread over the weekend ending with a concert by the Vlaams Radio Koor, though it’s not clear what they’ll be singing.
  • Jazz: Pink Free Evolution (Alexandre Cavaliere (violin), Baptiste Baily (bass), Davy Palumbe (drums), Jazz Station, Leuvensesteenweg 163, 1210 Sint Joost at 18:00.  Take the whole family to a 18:00 Jazz Station event – highly recommended.
  • Indian Classical Music: Bert Cornelis (sitar, surbahar) and Udhav Shinde (pakhawaj), Art Base, rue des Sables 29, 1000 Brussels at 20:00.  Check the link for a sample.

Sunday 31st October

  • Arensky’s Piano Quintet in D major and Chausson’s Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet: Rubens Ensemble, BOZARSundays, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels at 11:00.
  • Greek Music for Voice and Piano: Alkistis Protopsalti (voice) and Stefanos Korkolis (piano), BOZAR, Hall M, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels at 20:00.
  • Danish Music: Helene Blum (voice, fiddle, guitar), Harald Haugaard (fiddle, mandolin, voice), Kristine Elise Pedersen (cello) and Rasmus Zeeberg (guitar, mandolin), Art Base, Zandstraat 29, 1000 Brussels at 19:00.  A folky blend of old and new Danish music.


  1. wrote:

    Brilliant, Penny, just brilliant. Must have cost you lot’s of painstaking labour hours! Lot’s of stuff I had no idea was going on.
    Suggestion (more work of course for you): ticket prices?

    Kepp it comin’!

    Monday, October 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  2. wrote:

    Problem with quoting ticket prices is that it can get rather complicated. I could definitely flag the events that are unusually priced, though – free, for example!

    Monday, October 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

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