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25 November 2022
Bruxelles / Brussel (Brussels)

Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra - Jean-Luc Fafchamps Symphony 1
Nationaal Orkest van Belgie conducted by Antony Hermus - Bozar

Program Info:
Central to this concert is the world creation of the First Symphony by the Brussels pianist and composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps. A name that sounds familiar by now: Fafchamps is not only a founding member of the Brussels ensemble for contemporary music Ictus, but also composed the compulsory work for the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2010 and is currently working on the triptych Is dit the End? The symphony that Fafchamps wrote at the request of the Belgian National Orchestra is entitled “Objects Célestes” and draws inspiration from space phenomena such as black holes, galaxies and the interstellar void.

Hollywood is also regularly inspired by the universe. In addition to Fafchamps' new symphony, upcoming chief conductor Antony Hermus will also conduct music from two early science fiction films in this concert. First, an excerpt from the soundtrack composed by Jerry Goldsmith for Planet of the Apes, a successful film from 1968, is played. Then the orchestra performs music by John Williams, composed for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

These otherworldly adventures are complemented by a composition that became world famous when Stanley Kubrick used them as the soundtrack for his film 2001: A Space Odyssey. When writing Also sprach Zarathustra – of which Kubrick used the opening movement – ​​Richard Strauss was not inspired by space travel, but by the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. “Symphonic optimism in fin-de-siècle form,” was the original subtitle of Strauss' most famous symphonic poem.

Jerry Goldsmith, Planet of the Apes: No Escape (Belgian premiere)
Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Symphony No. 1 “Celestial Objects” ( World premiere )
John Williams, from: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Richard Strauss, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Op. 30

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