Jole De Baerdemaeker
(Belgium) received her Bachelor degree from the Maastricht Consesrvatory. After that, she took masterclasses in interpreting Bach, Haydn and Mozart. Currently she is finishing her Masters with Lenie van den Heuvel, Dorothee Mields, Peter Kooij and Pascal Bertin at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. De Baerdermaeker has a strong interest in Early Music and Baroque interpretations and has played solo concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. In 2013 she set up the "Etereo" organization in Belgium, which organizes concerts and small festivals as well as school performances to bring classical music to young people. Besides Early Music, De Baerdemaeker is interested in contemporary compositions; in spring 2016, she was a soloist in the Dutch premiere of Harald Weiss' Requiem.(2017)
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Schiller's idealistic poem about Europe and humanity, adapted to the here and now! Writers Unlimited asked seven writers and poets each to write their own Ode to Joy. Tonight they present the results.
You can look forward to odes by Nino Haratischwili, Magda Cârneci, Sanam Sheriff, Efe Murad, Grazyna Plebanek, Gustaaf Peek. Ghayath Almadhoun and Charlotte Van den Broeck. They will recite their work in their mother tongues, with simultaneous projections of Dutch and/or English translations. Classical accordionist Oleg Lysenko, Cellist Elisabeth Sturtewagen and soprano Jole De Baerdemaeker provide musical accompaniment.
Originally written in 1785, Schiller's Ode to Joy lives on because Ludwig van Beethoven added one of its stanzas to the finale (for choir and soloists) of his Ninth Symphony. In 1985, the European Union Chose this particular segment - albeit in wordless form - as the official hymn of the EU. In the poem, Schiller transmits the ideal of a world in which all people live in brotherhood.
The Congolese novelist and essayist Alain Mabanckou opens Friday Night Unlimited with a lecture about the values of the French Revolution and their meaning in our time.
Afterwards, writer and essayist Stephan Sanders has conversations with Alain Mabanckou, with historian and political philosopher Luuk van Middelaar and writer Louise O. Fresco about the contemporary meaning of freedom as a driving force of European democracy.
What is the meaning of the French Revolution's motto in today's Europe? For the revolutionaries, freedom stood for much more than individual aims. it stood for the collective longing for self-determination and for the democratic consideration and manifestation of change and progress. Is anything left of the revolutionary meaning of freedom in contemporary Europe?
Alternating with the conversations there will be live drawing by visual artist en book illustrator Gerda Dendooven (Belgium) and music by classical accordionist Oleg Lysenko (Netherlands), cello player Jole De Baerdemaeker and soprano Elisabeth Sturtewagen (both Belgium).