About Classical NOW!
Classical NOW! wants to bring extra colour and vitality into the classical music scene of The Hague and presents concerts, music theatre and small festivals. We want to free classical music from the straitjacket of the standard concert. The concerts of Classical NOW! attract attention, not only in The Hague but nationwide as well. Previous concerts were broadcasted by NPO Radio 4.
Classical without boundaries
Non mainstream repertoire
Our musicians can perform repertoire outside the mainstream. They are able to play pieces they have chosen which they feel an affinity with, and perform with extra passion and zeal. That results in inspiring concerts. Familiar masterpieces are heard in new contexts. Both novices and seasoned concertgoers discover exciting new repertoire. Of course, new music is also part of our programme.
Musicians with a free spirit
Classical NOW! invites musicians who perform with communicative power, who allow themselves to be inspired by the moment. They find the spirit of the music between and behind the notes, and play with artistic imagination.
Concerts are often scheduled many months, sometimes years, in advance. Classical NOW! wants to bring more spontaneity to The Hague’s classical music scene and therefore presents pop-up concerts: concerts with full programmes, which we organise at short notice. This enables us to respond to current events and allows musicians to quickly work out new plans when inspiration is still fresh.
Concerts outside the concert hall
Classical NOW! also presents concerts outside the concert hall, in atmospheric venues, from a hidden baroque church to a nineteenth-century society building.
Combinations with other art forms
We enrich the concert experience with film, theatre and literature if it brings an added value. Ensemble De Formule will present a staged performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet (13 October 2021). Ekaterina Levental performs Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in an interactive video installation (22 August 2021). Messiaen’s organ cycle La nativité du Seigneur can be seen with video projections (17 December 2021).
Encounters in an informal ambiance
Classical NOW ! gives every location an informal ambiance and removes the barriers to attend concerts. The musicians introduce their pieces. Afterwards, musicians and concertgoers can meet and chat.
Concertgoers as co-creators
Concertgoers, as sponsors, can together with Classical NOW! set up concerts that fit within our artistic framework.
A stage for musicians and ensembles from The Hague
Classical NOW ! invites musicians and ensembles from The Hague and wants to strengthen the local ensemble culture. Many musicians from The Hague – with national and international success – rarely perform in their hometown. We will change this and contribute to a vibrant musical life in The Hague.
2587 SW The Hague