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beATL is your friend


beATL is your companion, your friend.  beATL is your guide to all Belgian-related events in and around Atlanta.

But beATL is also you.  You and your family.  You and your Belgian friends.  So if you would like to do something with your fellow compatriots, just send me the logistical info, and beATL will publish it for you and handle the RSVPs.  It can be anything and it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of work:  just grab an idea from all the events around you and make the call …

Here is  an example: you want to bring your family to the fabulous display of Christmas Lights at the Botanical Garden in Atlanta in December (could be January too) …  Why not team up with other Belgian families who would probably want to do the same … Pick a date and time and let beATL make the announcements for you … Every single family will purchase their tickets in advance (or at the ticket window on the day) so you don’t have to deal with money … Just be at the meeting point to welcome your peers, and enjoy the lights!  How simple is that??

Here are some simple ideas for families: walk with or without picnic, a movie night, a haunted house, a day at Six Flags, peek at the zoo, fun at Snow Mountain, Atlanta streetcar … And for adults: a Segway tour, a visit to the Center of Civil and Human Rights, bond with a mummy, Atlanta Movie Tour, drive a Porsche, dance lessons, bowling…

Or course, you could also organize a wine tasting evening, a themed party, an automobile rally, a treasure hunt, a canoe trip,… which all require a little bit more organization but ask a friend to help you and it will be all fun for all!

What are you waiting for???   Contact beATL and let’s schedule something and have an exciting beATL-Time!

 

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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

Belgian trumpetist performs | 3/25/2017


Come and listen to our compatriot Jacques Minjauw, member of the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra,  play in the concert ‘Beyond Impressionism: Debussy & Vaughan Williams‘.  This concert is in collaboration with The Michael O’Neal Singers will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 7.30 pm at Lassiter High School.
You will hear impressionistic choral masterworks including Debussy’s lavish Nocturnes and Vaughan Williams’ ethereal Dona Nobis Pacem. Maestros Morrison and O’Neal share the podium to conduct 150 singers and 75 orchestra musicians.
Jacques Minjauw studied trumpet, music theory, history and transposition at the Royal Music Conservatory in Ghent, Belgium. After graduating in 1975, he was teaching music education for several years and performing with a band in Western Europe until he moved to Atlanta in 1978. In 1981 he enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University where he played in the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. He studied trumpet with John Head (principal trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the time) and took conducting classes from Dr. Steven Winick. Since graduating from GSU with a Bachelor in Music in 1983, Jacques has enjoyed performing across the South-East with several bands, ensembles and orchestras.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lassiter High School @ Lassiter Concert Hall | 2601 Shallowford Rd. Marietta, Georgia 30066
  • Admission: $25 Adult | $15 Senior | $10 Student or $27/$17/$12 at the door

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

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.

Manneken-Sax – 11/15


In celebration of the 200th Birthday of Adolphe SAX, the inventor of the Saxophone, the Consul General of Belgium Geneviève Verbeek is cordially inviting you and your guests to a duo performance by Belgian saxophonist Robin Verheyen & pianist Marc Copland on the Belgian Royal Holiday, Saturday November 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm, in the Rebekah Scott Hall, Agnes Scott College.

Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

RSVP only  if you plan to attend: 404-659-2150

Learn more about Robin Verheyen and  Marc Copland

The sax by Vigo Universal is 25 cm.

tomorrowworld, the return


TomorrowWorld … Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift, Tomorrow is Mystery…

The 3-day music electronic music festival is back in Atlanta for its second year.   And it looks like they’re here to stay: according to the media, the festival has signed a ten year contract with Chattahoochee Hills. Lodged on +/- 500 acres within the 8,000-acre of the Bouckaert Farm, an equestrian paradise owned by one of our Belgian citizens, the artists will perform among eight uniquely designed stages.  Be ready for innovative and immersive experiences with mind-blowing décor, enchanting acts and animation, A-class camping, eccentric VIP areas and gourmet food..

TomorrowWorld is the daughter festival of the Belgian Tomorrowland, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary this July.   And in 2015, TomorrowLand will party in Brasil, on the mythical grounds of Itu…

Before the festival starts, the Belgian American Chamber of the South (BACoS) invites you Behind the Scenes at TomorrowWorld on September 25th, 2014 (exact time to be announced).  During this exclusive members-only event, guests get the opportunity to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the world-renowned electronic music festival: tour of the beautifully themed TomorrowWorld stages and the mind-blowing decor.  And to top that off, they will experience “The Gathering”, the warming up party for the TomorrowWorld campers!

For more details and registrations about this BACoS event, visit their website.

Meet some of the Belgian artists expected on stage:

  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (Willebroek) are a Greek-Belgian electronic DJ duo composed of two brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios. They currently hold the 6th spot on DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll.
  • Yves V (Antwerp) is the artist name of the Belgian DJ Yves Van Geertsom. He is mainly known for his record “CloudBreaker” which he made in collaboration with the Belgian producer Basto.
  • Romeo Blanco (Antwerp) – Christened as future talent by CR2 Records, Romeo Blanco has continued to prove himself a worthy new member of Electronic Music Aristocracy.  Listen to his performance with Yves V.
  • Koen Bauweraerts, more commonly known as Coone, is a Belgian jumpstyle and hardstyle producer, and DJ. He has been producing since the year 2002, when he started with hard house productions
  • DJ Licious (Antwerp) – Belgium-based but beaming the love of house all over the world with a blend of funky rhythms, groovy sax and smooth vocals: Dj Licious knows good vibes come from nothing but house music.

And finally, the details for the festival:

  • Dates: September 26-27-28, 2014
  • Where: Chattahoochee Hills, GA
  • Parking: Parking Passes are required for all vehicles entering site
  • Restrictions: strict 21+ age requirement. Anyone born on or after September 26, 1993 will not be permitted entrance, even if accompanied by an adult.
  • More info: visit the website

last minute – Belgian Sarah Bettens of K’s Choice


Thanks to Steven, here is your concert for tonight … Yes, some people have nothing else to do on a Saturday evening and depend on last minute decisions.  So here is your good fortune: the lead singer of the Belgian band K’s Choice, Sarah Bettens, will perform alongside Sarah Peacock at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth @ 8pm tonight.  Doors open 7 pm.  Purchase your tickets here.

K’s Choice, originally formed in the early ‘90s by the brother-sister tandem of guitarist/singer Gert and Sarah Bettens (from Kapellen), split after 10 years of musical adventures to do ‘their own thing’.  After a period of swapping song files via email (Sarah now lives in Johnson City, TN, while Gert remains in Belgium), the group reconvened for rehearsals with a line-up featuring both former members (bassist Eric Grossman and drummer Koen Lieckens) and new members (guitarist Thomas Vanelslander and keyboardist Reinout Swinnen).

Sarah, Gert and band are excitedly working on the next K’s Choice album. To be more specific, they just finished recording the first demos in Belgium.  A bunch of new songs are ready to be finalized and several others are in the pipeline. The album’s working title is “Phantom Cowboy”.

A taste of Sarah’s songs – ‘Come Over Here’

Milow


Hot from the press … Just joking.

For some Milow is like music in their ears for others, as ignorant as I am, Milow is a true discovery.  So let me introduce you to Jonathan Vandenbroeck aka Milow, a Borgerhout-native, acoustic singer-songwriter and one of the most successful DIY musicians in Europe.

Born in 1981, Milow grew up in Wespelaar in a house full of music instruments.  He signed up for accordion lessons, learned to play the guitar and the piano, wrote songs and performed in a few bands with friends from high school… That all before jumping into a solo career in 2003.  In the summer of 2005, Milow recorded his first album The Bigger Picture which was released in Belgium in January 2006 on Milow’s own label Homerun Records.  On June 28, 2007, Milow was the opening act in the Pyramid Marquee on Rock Werchter, which launched his live career in Belgium.  At the end of 2007, Milow won three awards at the first edition of the Music Industry Awards (MIAs) in Belgium: Best New Artist, Best Music Video (“You Don’t Know“) and Song of the Year for “You Don’t Know.”

Milow lives in Los Angeles since 2012.

Even if Milow seems to ignore our dear City, I thought that it was worth mentioning that our compatriot will soon perform very close by: in Wilmington on 8/5 and in Charlotte on 8/6) before heading to Nashville, TN on 8/8.  Forgive me to have – already – deviated from the promised happenings in Atlanta but it’s not every day that we have such a star on a podium ‘next door’.

Here is a taste of one of his last songs: Against the Tide, taken from his album SILVER LININGS released in April 2014.

Photography by Brantley Gutierrez

Photography by Brantley Gutierrez