200 years Ghent University and the University of Liege: ‘Uni Ducenti’ in the Bozar

(05-04-2017) Two universities both turning exactly 200 years young in 2017? That deserves a party!

Ghent University and the University of Liege will be joining forces for ‘Uni Ducenti’, a unique concert performed by their choirs and orchestras. The performances will be held on 16 May 2017 in the famous Henry Le Boeuf hall in Brussels’ Bozar, where masters such as Rachmaninoff, Menuhin, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky also enchanted audiences once upon a time.

What can you expect from ‘Uni Ducenti’? Several choir members and musicians can give you an idea of the programme in the Durf Denken magazine, such as:

Jasper Moreels, Commercial engineering master’s student and member of the Ghent University Harmonic Orchestra (GUHO): “The conductors have composed an incredibly varied programme. The title, Uni Ducenti, refers to both the unity created between the different ensembles and the bicentennials of both institutions.”

Esther Coorevits, Musicology doctorate student and member of the Ghent University Symphony Orchestra (GUSO): “The main theme is Party. Continuo, GUSO, and CIMI (the University of Liege’s string orchestra) start off with Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, by Brahms – a symbolic ode to the happy life of a student. The GUK and the University of Liege Choir will then explore the line between waking and sleeping and between form and formlessness with Eric Withacre’s Sleep.”

Simon Allosserie, Commercial engineering master’s student and member of the Ghent University Choir (GUK): “The GUHO and GUK will then jointly tackle Meridian by Ola Gjeilo; it’s an especially unique piece with a modern vibe and a high level of energy. It’s quite bold to pair up a choir and a concert band. So we’re even more excited about it. Then it’s time for the strings again, in an extravagant version of Andante Festivo by Jean Sibelius.”

Zyncke Lipkens, veterinary medicine doctorate student and member of Continuo, Ghent University’s Alumni and Staff Orchestra: “The grand finale features Wim Henderickx’s Antifoon, created for a choir and major orchestra. The fact that there are a lot of elements from Brahms in it makes it even more fun. The musicians and choir members will be spread out through the audience to create a ‘surround sound’ effect. This way, they create a sound installation for a truly special musical experience.”

Practical information

  • Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 8 p.m. (hall opens at 7 p.m.; introduction to ‘Uni Ducenti’ at 7.15 p.m.; audience members must be present in the hall by 7.45 p.m. sharp.
  • Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar), Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
  • You are cordially invited to the reception to be held after the concert