… is The Hague’s chamber music festival since 2003. Classical Encounters is a meeting place for (chamber) music lovers and a breeding ground for creative adventure. The festival is not only a podium for music, but also a laboratory, within which musicians research the artistic scope of their musical performance.
Classical Encounters 2019: 8—12 May
The Hague • Voorschoten • Leiden • Voorburg
Theme edition 2019: Music Never Dies
Stories about death are a common thread in the program of Classical Encounters 2019. As it has done since its foundation, the festival goes beyond the usual framework of the concert hall and the ‘classical music format’. The festival concerts take place in bars, concert halls, local cultural centers, museums, living rooms, embassies, castles and churches. And everywhere you can hear a story. Many composers seem to have a patent on it: a bizarre or sometimes even hilarious way to die. The historical stories and anecdotes are numerous and inspired artistic leader Eva Stegeman to this rich and compelling program. During Classical Encounters 2019, the audience travels along a series of stories about the deaths of famous and less famous composers, with their music and in appropriate locations. The people are no longer there, the music lives on: Music Never Dies! In the intimate setting of chamber music, we bring the stories close to our audience.