Classical Encounters…

Classical Encounters

Latest news April 21st 2020: Classical Encounters is going digital!
Classical Encounters Online: May 17th 2020
On May 17th follow our livestream full of music, interviews, from the Lourdes church in The Hague between 12:00-18:00 hrs

About the festival….
The Dutch chamber music festival Classical Encounters is a meeting place for music lovers and a breeding ground for creative adventure in the region The Hague and Leiden in the Netherlands. The festival is not only a podium for music, but also a laboratory, within which musicians research the artistic scope of their musical performance.


Retrospect edition 2019: Music Never Dies

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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.