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Dear Music Friends,
This season we are celebrating our 10th anniversary! Ten years of Vriendenconcerten at the Zuiderkerk! Wow, how time flies and how much has happened in those ten years. And I am not referring to what has gripped the world for the past two years, or what is happening in the world with regard to peace and freedom. I don't want to give a political statement, or explain why music is important . . .
Personally, I’m especially grateful that both the concert series and I have come out of the storm reasonably unscathed. It's been a rough patch at times and it's been counting pennies to survive. Most of all we need positivity, joy, love, and happiness. And music!!
I am extremely happy that we have managed to create a worthy program for our anniversary; another concert season of many afresh surprises, musical and otherwise. We have experienced many, many high points over the past 10 years. And so, onwards and upwards to the next pinnacle!
Because the previous two seasons were messy, with the postponement/cancellation of many beautiful concerts, we have asked violinist Tosca Opdam to continue as Artist in Residence for this season. Our collaboration has been inspiring and we’re all happy that she has agreed to commit to another year. We all fervently hope that we don’t have to suspend anything more, and you will join us, and all our musical friends, in the concert hall in a very special 10th season!
Cellist and Artistic Director