live performance

you said French? | 5/27/2017


On Saturday May 27th, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is performing an all-French program at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. The concert will feature pieces by Debussy, Jolivet and Fauré with Christina Smith performing Jolivet’s Flute Concerto and will be followed by a post-concert reception with the artists.

The event is sponsored by Francophonie Atlanta, so in order to get the best price, please enter the promo code “FRANCO” when booking tickets.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday May 27th, 2017 @ 8 pm
  • Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall @ The Woodruff Arts Center | 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Parking & Directions
  • More info and tickets

Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas | 12/3/2016


Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas will reach Roswell on Saturday December 3rd at 10 am.   The Legend will have bags full of presents of all kinds (provided by you, dear parents) and goody bags.

This fun morning, organized by beATL and De Molenwiek, is open to young and young at heart.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday December 3rd from 10 am til 12.30 pm
  • Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Presents [not more than $15/present/child]: must be dropped in advance [see locations days and times below]. Bring a wrapped present for your child(ren) clearly marked with their full name(s).
  • Registration sheet [write on a piece of paper in block letters 1/ the details of the person in charge in your family with email address  and 2/the first and last names of each person in your party] + payment [checks payable to de Molenwiek] must accompany all presents with at the latest with the name(s) of your child(ren) and including all adults attending the party.
  • Cost: $5.00 per person (child(ren) and adult(s)) – kids aged 2 and under are free but must be registred.
  • Drop off locations:
    • Tuesdays 11/8 and 11/15 between 3.45 pm and 6.15 pm at st. Davids Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell, GA 30076
    • Fridays 11/11 and 11/18 between 9 am en 12 pm: Bethel United Methodist Church, room D12, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068
    • All other days at the frontdoor of de Molenwiek, 1007 Applegate Dr., Roswell, GA 30076
  • More infodemolenwiek@hotmail.com

belgian red devils in action | 7/1/2016


Our fabulous Devils will be in action for their UEFA EURO Quarter-final tomorrow at 3 pm.  Atlantan supporters will meet at Fado Buckhead for an exciting game and make noise from their bar stools.  No doubt the Welsh Dragon, with its star man Gareth Bale, is eager to take the win especially after witnessing the incredible victory from Iceland against England.  This historical defeat should be a wake up call for our team and they should be vigilant if they want to knock the resilient Welsh out of the tournament!

For full details of the game, from your phone/tablet, go to the Belgian Red Devils Facebook page and you will see ‘schedule’ … click on the relevant game and go to the ‘stats’ tab.

beATL would like to take the opportunity to thank beATL for providing raffle prizes and our Consul General William De Baets for the decor elements!

  • When –  Friday July 1st, 2016 at 3 pm
  • Where – FADO IRISH PUB – BUCKHEAD | 273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305 | (404) 841-0066
  • Parking –  $7 valet, metered parking or complex self parking around the corner.  Do NOT park in the library parking lot next to Fado unless there is an attendant present. You will be booted.

UEFA Euro16 – 100 days to go


Good news for our Soccer Fans: yes, you can watch the The European Championship games in Atlanta.  And better news: beATL, in collaboration, with Red Devils USA will organize life action for us all to enjoy [details of venue closer to the date].  Belgian attire, attributes and patriotic make-up are a must… Tous Ensemble/Allemaal Samen from June 10 to July 10, 2016!

Belgium is part of Group E that also includes Sweden, Italy and Republic of Ireland.  Here are the championships Group Stage games … It will be tough but ô so exciting!  Of course, more games to come!

  • Monday 13 June 2016 – Belgium vs. Italy @ 9 pm Euro time
  • Saturday 18 June 2016  – Belgium vs. Rep. of Ireland @  3 pm Euro time
  • Wednesday 22 June 2016 – Sweden vs. Belgiun @ 9 pm Euro time

Our road to the Final ! So if you tweet, use the following #tousenfrance #euro2016 @BelRedDevils which is the official Twitter of the Belgian Red Devils.  On Facebook, follow the dedicated page.

In prep for those super duper important moments, some friendlies are organized.  Watch our Devils against Portugal on Tuesday March 29th at 8.45 pm Euro time.  beATL will let you know if this one will be aired on our screens.

Euro16Finale

Side notes for those like me trying to understand the whole thing …

  • The team of the final tournament host association, France, qualifies automatically for the final tournament.
  • The 24 teams that qualify for the final tournament into six groups (A, B, C, D, E, F) of four teams each.
  • Each team plays each of the other teams in the same group once, according to a league system (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat).
  • The 6 group winners, 6 group runners-up and the 4 best 3rd-placed teams play the round of 16 in single leg knockout matches.
  • Read more about the rules.

Church Cantatas – 11/8/2015


One of our own, Soprano Francisca Vanherle Maxwell [see previous post], will be performing on Sunday November 8, 2015, at 4pm in the Julia Thompson Smith Chapel at Agnes Scott College in Decatur.  You are cordially invited to Church Cantatas by Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767) performed by the ensemble Philo Melante**, directed … by Francisca’s own sister: Sofie Vanherle, visiting from Brussels!  Aaron Cain, baritone, will be the other voice.

Sofie studied at the Flemish and French Conservatoires in Brussels where she obtained First Prize diplomas for seven subjects, including piano , music history, and practical harmony.   Since 2012, she is also an active researcher for “Trobador”, a research commission of the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels. The subject of her research is a collection of 150 manuscripts of sacred cantatas by G.P. Telemann that are held in the Library of the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels.
This research project called for the establishment of an ensemble that could concentrate fully on this repertoire, which led to the founding of “PhiloMelante” in October 2013.  Its main purpose is to put the results of the research project into practise, and share it with a broad international audience.

Details

  • When – Sunday November 8, 2015 at 4 pm
  • Where – Agnes Scott College | Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, 141 E. College Drive, Decatur GA 30030
  • Free Admission ~ voluntary contributions for the musicians will be encouraged

** Melante is an anagram of Telemann

celles d’en haut – 09/11/2015


Nothing to think about!  The play Celles d’en haut (Women on top) directed by our Belgian compatriot Olivier Coyette, opens on Friday night – September 11th at 8 pm and will be followed by a Belgian Beer After Party sponsored by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium in Atlanta, hosted by Genevieve Verbeek, Consul General of Belgium, along with Georges Hoffmann, Honorary Consul General of Luxembourg.

Inspired by sources as varied as Dante’s Inferno, Mann’s The Magic Mountain and film stills by Cindy Sherman, this new play from lauded Quebecois playwright Olivier Kemeid is set in a ’50s establishment, set apart on an isolated mountaintop. Both perceptive and hilarious, the play celebrates women of all ages and the dynamics of their relationships with each other and the world around them.
In collaboration with artists from Brussels, Montreal, Atlanta and Chicago, Théâtre du Rêve and 7 Stages present this powerful work in both English and French.  
Logistics
Logistics
  • When – September 10 (Preview in French) – September 20, 2015 at 8 pm (check other times for Sundays)
  • Tickets – available for both French and English performances!  Our Consulate General generously offers 8 tickets first come, first served for the performance on 9/11… Contact Marie-Hélène.
  • Where – 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
  • Parking – Located in a secure, well-lit, privately run lot behind 7 Stages. The entrance to the lot is located between Ardens Garden Juice Shop and Outback Bicycles. Park-It charges a flat fee of $2 – $7 for a full day of parking, depending on the day. Also metered street parking and free street parking.
  • Kids ages 12 and up welcome.

Stromae te voila – 9/14/2015


Stromae’s concert is next … Sold out in a short time, we are all excited to see our National Star, Paul Van Haver aka Stromae, perform at the Buckhead Theatre on Sept 14th.  Remember that the doors open at 6.30 pm and it is first come first ‘placed’.  It is a stand-up concert, except for a few balcony seats (first come, first ‘seated’).  We expect the line to be long (about 1,500 fans) and queueing will start early.  Wear your Belgian colors to show your support!  See you there for a memorable event!

To warm you up, BACoS is having a pre-concert get-togheter at Fado Irish Pub (273 Buckehad Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305) starting at 5.30 pm.  Register here.

Concert details

  • When: Monday September 14th, 2015 – concert starts at 7.30 pm
  • Where: Buckhead Theatre | 3110 Roswell Rd,  Atlanta,  GA  30305
  • Parking: Parking lots are available adjacent to and behind the theatre. Prices range from $5 – $15. There is also limited street parking available.
  • General Rules: NO cameras, recording devices, bottles, cans, etc. and no crowd surfing

 

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland – 10/24/2015


beATL gets ready for the Halloween season.  I know it’s far away but the tickets to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours just got on sale for a reason!   Join us on Saturday OCTOBER 24th – Select time slot 7 PM or as close to (7 pm is already sold out)!   Don’t wait … before you know, tickets will be sold out.
Experience historic Oakland Cemetery after dark during Halloween season: beautifully-lit Victorian gardens as costumed docents bring to life stories from Atlanta’s sons and daughters through re-enactments.  Tours last approximately one hour.

Tickets are available online only, through TicketAlternative.com and are $25 for adults and $13 for children 4-12 (plus tax and service fees). Children under 3 are free.  Click here for your tickets on Saturday 10/24 and select 7 pm.  Please ensure you’ve selected your preferred tour date and time before completing your transaction, as no refunds or exchanges will be issued.

We will meet at the Bell Tower inside the Cemetery (248 Oakland Ave  SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 – directions) for our time slot at 7 pm. After the Tour, we will go accross the street to Six Feet Under.

bored? … not with beATL


Think twice if you think there is nothing to do for the Belgians (and Belgophiles) in and around Atlanta!   Just look at the amount of blog posts published, and the coming events listed below (and it’s not even mid March)!

So here is what’s cooking … (put those dates in your calendar!):

  1. A repeat THIRSTday … Since beATL’s favorite local band Atlanta Boogie would love to have a Belgian-style audience, we will oblige.  Join us for another bowling (or not) evening at The Painted Pin on Thursday March 12th at 8 pm.
  2. This gives you sufficient notice: our fabulous dance pop singer-writer STROMAE will be in concert in Atlanta on Monday September 14th (Doors @ 6:30 pm/ Show @ 7:30 pm) at Buckhead Theater.  Tickets for the East Coast leg of Stromae’s tour will go on sale 10 am PT on Saturday, March 14th via his Facebook page or via the Theater.
  3. On March 19th, 2 events have been scheduled: one musical, one business-related.   Click on each link for more info.
  4. The Belgian Ladies Spring Luncheon has been scheduled for March 26th.  Ladies, a RSVP-invite should have reached your inbox.
  5. Atlanta Film Festival will be held March 20-29, 2015 and two Belgian productions (Trans and Jennah) will be on show.  Details on blog that will be posted on 03/16.
  6. Our Master Brewer Joran will share his experience(s) on April 9th at Three Taverns Brewery.  Blog post is scheduled to be published on 03/25.
  7. A kids-oriented Easter Egg Hunt by BCA will be announced soon.
  8. Participate in a HACKATHON to Hack Epilepsy here in Atlanta – or in Brussels – on 24-26th April, 2015. Blog post is scheduled to be published on 03/18.
  9. Hop with beATL on the Atlanta Streetcar on Sunday June 14th!
  10. Be ready to buy your tickets for the ‘Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour‘.Tickets go on sale on July 15th for …  tours in October (2015 ticket sales open to members of Oakland’s Historic Foundation on July 1)!  This is your only chance to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark, and walk amidst the Cemetery’s beautifully lit gardens.  You will play audience to first-hand re-enactments, narrated by a host of Oakland’s eternal “residents,” which bring to life the city’s past.
  11. On Sunday August 9th, beATL takes you to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for another lighting experience: Bruce Muro brings to Atlanta his Light in the Garden’s exhibit featuring unique installations created from hundreds of miles of optic fiber.

Of course, every month we have our Belgian THIRSTdat from 7 pm at a ‘surprise’ location.

Anyone knowing about an upcoming event?  Anybody willing to host/organize and event? Contact Queen beATL!

 

our own Soprano in concert – 3/1/2015


Those who came to our last Belgian THIRSTday at the Withehall Tavern will remember meeting beATL Francisca Vanherle Maxwell.

Francisca Vanherle Maxwell was born in Argentina but grew up in Belgium where she started her musical education at the age of 5. She attended the Royal Conservatorium in Brussels and obtained a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in Vocal Arts and a degree in Vocal Pedagogy. In 1997, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance in 2002. Currently living in Atlanta, she teaches voice, opera and vocal ensemble to people of all ages in her private studio and at Agnes Scott College. Her versatility as a musician allows her to approach different styles of music as well as to work with students in light of their individual goals.

Francisca also works as a freelance soloist in a versatile repertoire comprising all ages. She has been staged in lead roles of many operas and operettas, among which L’Incorronazione di Poppea, Rinaldo, Alcina, Die Fledermaus and Paganini. She equally portrays herself in oratorio and as a chamber music vocalist. She is a member of the Atlanta based early music group Harmonie Universelle and has been featured several times on public radio in the program “The Atlanta Music Scene”. Her concert life has taken her all over Europe, Russia and the United States.

beATL is pleased to announced that our Soprano will perform a few times in March.  Mark your calendars!

  • Sun 1 March @ 3pm, Ferst Center for the Arts – The Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra and Choirs present Mendelssohn’s “Symphony-Cantata,” Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), joined by sopranos Francisca Vanherle Maxwell, Elizabeth Wilson, and tenor Timothy Miller. Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Hsu. The concert is free and open to the public.
  • Thu 12 March @ 7:30pm, Gaines Chapel, Agnes Scott College – Collaborative concert with Agnes Scott Music Faculty and visiting composer Augusta Read Thomas.  Details.
  • Tue 31 March @ 7pm, Druid Hills Presbyterian Church – J.S. Bach, St John’s Passion with baroque orchestra Harmonie Universelle and the GA Tech Chamber choir.  Details.