Flemish Heritage Event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art
United States

Maestro Brossé, music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, meets Rubens and late 16th century Flanders in “The Antwerp Dance Book”. On the occasion of the exhibition “the Wrath of the Gods”, featuring Peter Paul Rubens’ “Prometheus Bound” painting as its prominent masterpiece.

A quintet ensemble of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s finest musicians (4 strings, 1 wood wind (oboe)) will perform several musical pieces of “The Antwerp Dance Book” .

In 1583, the “Chorearum Molliorum Collectanea’ was published by Petrus Phalesius in Antwerp. It contained a large collection of contemporary instrumental pieces. Maestro Brossé’s very own interpretation and arrangement of some of these musical compositions intends to melt past and present, both visual and musical Flemish artistic skill during a 20’ performance in front of the work of Antwerp’s most famous son, Rubens.

The idea of highlighting Flemish Heritage in Philadelphia originated in May 2015 when Flemish Minister President, Geert Bourgeois, and his delegation visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and were welcomed by curator of “The Wrath of the Gods” exhibition, Mr. Christopher Atkins.

The growing Flemish community in Philadelphia (and the tri-state region) is represented by Daisy Van den Hooff-Mertens with the “Flemish in the World” organization’s PA chapter. This global organization is supported by the Flemish Government, has 80 representatives all over the world and intends to connect the Flemish expats living abroad with each other and even more so with the community they live in.

Flemish In the World PA and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia are both members of the Global Philadelphia Association and this event is part of the GlobalPhilly 2015 International Exposition, which runs from September 15 through November 15. 

At 3:30 PM, Mr. Christopher Atkins will give a tour of the exhibition before the concert that starts at 4 pm.

Event Type: 
GlobalPhilly 2017 events
GlobalPhilly™ 2015
History and Preservation
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