Italian Vesper

20 October 2018 @ 17:00 – 17:45
Der Aa-kerk
Akerkhof 2
9711 JB Groningen
€ 10,00

Italian Vespers

An Italian evensong in the Der Aa-kerk, with a choir made up of singers of the Luthers Bach Ensemble conducted by Luuk Dijkhuis, with Liuwe Tamminga at the Schnitger organ.

At the end of a hot Italian summer’s day, entering an ancient church is a complete change of atmosphere. All of a sudden, there is the fresh and pleasant coolness, the eyes slowly adapt to the subdued light, and incense wafts around the nose. And then, in the slightly obscure distance, there is the sound of Gregorian chant. The steady and mellifluous unison singing is serene and almost hypnotising.
The chances are that you have walked into an Evensong, one of the divine offices daily observed – originally in the monastic tradition – with prayers, readings and chanting. A capella singing and organ music are heard in alternation. Melodies show a certain regularity, do not aim at dramatic effects, and create a meditative and almost mystical atmosphere. Listeners feel that their inner selves become part of the sublime.
Today’s Italian Vespers recreate this wonderful atmosphere. In the Der Aa-kerk – and its slimline ochre tower and its remarkably imposing interior are somewhat reminiscent of Italian magic – the organist Liuwe Tamminga will be playing liturgical pieces by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), and alternately a vocal group from the Luthers Bach Ensemble conducted by Luuk Dijkhuis will sing Gregorian chant.

Der Aa-kerk, Akerkhof 2, Groningen

Saturday, 21 October, 17.00

€ 10,00

Luuk Dijkhuis

In 1988, LuukDijkhuiscompleted his study in classical guitar with Michiel de Vries at the Groningen school of music. In his first year there, he participated in the school choir, and got acquainted with choir repertoire. He developed an interest in conducting choirs, and attended five consecutive Kurt Thomas courses. In these courses, some of them for advanced students, his teachers included Ger Vos, Barend Schuurman, Jos van Veldhoven, Hans van den Hombergh and Daniel Reuss. In the same period, he also led some choirs in Groningen, and a number of ad hoc ensembles. Dijkhuis also worked in Delft for some years in IT.
When he came back to Groningen, he conducted choirs and also the symphonic orchestra Musica Viva in Oude Pekela. In 2006,he qualified as a choirmaster, tutored by Marc Versteeg, and he now studies with Geert-Jan van Beijeren Bergen en Henegouwen. As a singer, Dijkhuis is a member of the Luthers Bach Ensemble, Kamerkoor Dualis, the Noordelijk Vocaal Ensemble and Ensemble Josquin des Prez.Since 2014 he has also conducted Symfonieorkest Scaramouche in Peize.

TheLuthers Bach Ensemble

Liuwe Tamminga

The name says it all:LiuweTamminga is of genuine Frisian stock. He was born in Hemelum (Friesland) in 1953. At the Groningen school of music he studied organ and harpsichord with Wim van Beek, and composition with Willem Frederik Bon. After his exams Tamminga went to Paris, where he studied, from 1978 to 1982, at the Conservatoire d’Orsay. His focus there was French music and improvisation, which he studied with Jean Langlais and André Isoir. He graduated with a Premier Prix for organ and a Deuxième Prix for improvisation. He gave concerts in various churches in Paris, and was for some time the incumbent of the Eglise St.Germain-des-Prés. He visited Holland now and then, where he carried off first prize in the Nationaal Improvisatie Concours Bolsward 1980, and the Prix d’Excellence for organ at the Groningen school of music in 1982. In the same year he moved to Bologna (Italy), where he was appointed, together with maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, organist of Basilica San Petronio. Tamminga has been playing the brilliant historic organs of Lorenzo da Prato (1471-1475) and Baldassare Malamini (1596) for a long time now.
This is also how he has become one of the greatest scholars in the field of 16th and 17th century Italian organ music. He edited various collections of organ music, including works by Giovanni de Macque, Giulio Segni, Palestrina, Jacques Buus, and Italian music fort wo organs written around the year 1600. He also released some prize-winning CDs, such as the complete works by Cavazzoni, Frescobaldi’s Fantasies, ‘Mozart on Italian organs’, and CDs devoted to Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli.
Tamminga loves working with ensembles, including Concerto Palatino, Odhecaton, the Orkest of the Eighteenth Century, and Cappella Musicale di San Petronio. He is also a concert soloist and performs regularly in Europa, the United States and Japan. He was invited for master-classes at most Italian music schools, but also in Krakow, Wroclaw, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Boston and Louvain. In 2002, the Dutch Royal Family asked him to play in the funeral service held for Prince Claus.