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Sirene (meaning both siren and hooter in Dutch) is a performance that revolves around water, how we interact with our lakes and seas and with the world around us. Music, acrobatics and costumes against fairytale surroundings make this a show suitable for the entire family. Amphibious creatures swing over water lilies as they try to escape plastic debris that threatens to suffocate their environment. The solution glimmers in a brave frog who can save the aquatic world.

Especially for this summer’s performance, the NJO Brass Ensemble has entered into a collaboration with choreographer and director Vincent Michels and acrobatic theater company Corpus Acrobatics. Corpus Acrobatics works with an international team of acrobats, most of whom are trained in the in-house Corpus acrobatics lab where they develop their acrobatic skills and expressiveness.

Brass players at the pond of the Lodge (Jachthuis) in De Hoge Veluwe National Park (photo Coen Wouters)

The NJO Brass Ensemble consists of seventeen musicians led by conductor Jasper de Waal. The NJO Brass Ensemble is composed of four horns, four trumpets, two trombones, a bass trombone, two euphoniums, two tubas, a timpanist and a percussionist.

The performances will take place on and around the water. The program includes (an arrangement of) Handel's Water Music, a piece first performed on a raft on the Thames as the backdrop to a dinner on King George I's royal yacht. Also the heroic piece The Call by composer and first timpanist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Nick Woud, is part of the programme.


NJO Brass Ensemble
Conductor: Jasper de Waal

Various works including:

Georg Friedrich Händel (arr. Steven Verhelst) Water Music (parts from Suite nr. 1 in F, HWV348)
Nick Woud  The Call
Lalo Schifrin (arr. Alfred Lauss / Steven Verhelst) Mission Impossible

Siren will be performed several times during the NJO Summer Festival at Cannenburch Castle in Vaassen, in Park Presikhaaf in Arnhem and on the pond of the Lodge (Jachthuis) in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. Ticket sales will start on June 10, 2021 (June 7 for Friends of the NJO) via the NJO Summer Festival.

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