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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

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Stromae – c’était formidable


Formidable resumes perfectly Stromae’s performance last night at the Buckhead Theatre.  Our national maestro was in a superb shape, totally connected with his audience,  respectuous of his team … As a rap/hip-hop version of a modern Jacques Brel with powerful songs based on personal experiences and realities of life, he blew us away.  Our compatriot is not just a singer, a musician and a composer but a true entertainer.  Inoubliable.

Shortly after being advertised, the concert was sold out with, as usual, a few tickets circulating on the black market at high price. We were all relieved to see it go through since the cancellation of Stormae’s previous concerts was alarming. His youngest fans were already queueing since mid afternoon and beATLe Mathilde was among the lucky ones to intercept Stromae for a selfie.

While all of his songs were sung in French, Stromae showed multilingual talents.  He interacted with his public in English including French and even a few words in Spanish.  This language-switch was masterly handled and was no bother. Simply said: he was understood.

Our star was accompanied by four musicians soberly dressed with bowler hats and bow ties.   The stage was relatively simple but the background was a projection of animated visuals and shadows were playing a huge role.

Starting his concert dressed in black and white with his cardigan and bow tie, Mr. Paul changed outfits a few times during his show.  Nothing extravagant.  Simplicity being his forte.

Danse , t’inquiète pas tu vas danser…  And we did.  Starting his show with ‘Ta fête’, he immediately set the pace for a fabulous night.  ‘Bâtard’ was nextje suis, j’étais et resterai moi…. followed by ‘Peace Or Violence’ forming a V with his longitudinal fingers.

As expected, he built up some suspense with his four Chapters each time interrupted by a retentissant TINTIN from his fans… Sitting at a corner of the stage, Chapter I gave him the chance to wipe the sweat off his face. During Chapter II we saw him put on pink lipstick and jewelry before starting the next Chapter during which he put on a pink and black jacket. Chapter IV was the performance itself: ‘Tous les mêmes’… rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous sûrement aux prochaines règles… with dance moves demonstrating both feminine and masculine demeanors.

Many times he interrupted his show to refresh his face and at a certain moment, shuffling with his earpieces, he candidly stated ‘I am sweating inside my ears‘ …

We were thrilled to listen to ‘Quand c’est ?‘, his new but somber song [the clip was released on 9/14] dealing with the hardships of cancer.  Stromae’s choreography, made of contorsions to get away from the disease’s shadowy reach, was gripping.

‘Papaoutai’ was frantically requested and Stromae, dressed in his summery blue and yellow outfit, as rigid as a a figure from Madame Tussaud, was carried onto the stage, by his musicians.  They put him in standing position until he jumped back to life to perform insane moves.

Te quiero,  Ave Cesaria,  Formidable,  Carmen,  Humain à l’eau (Leçon n°23),  Alors on danse were all included in his repertory.  However, the evening was not all about singing … As a proud Belgian, he talked about the burger he ate but more importantly what was on the side: the fries, the Belgian fries.  He also claimed the croissants to be Belgian and he was loudly applauded when he stated that even France comes from Belgium!  But trèves de plaisanteries, de vannes pourries and he went on with Paulo qui aime les moules frites, sans frites et sans mayo.

At the end, a big merci appeared on the screen behind Stromae who thanked not only his public but everyone involved with his show, from his muscians to the security guards…. A real gentleman, appreciative of all. He had some humoristic gestures when, surrounded by his musicians, he tried to put an end to the concert imitating the flight attendants presenting the emergency exits.

The excited crowd insisted for une autre … Suddenly a microphone magically appeared.  He ‘chuuuut’ the public and in perfect synchronization with his four musicians transformed into chorists, Stromae performed an astonishing a cappella version of Tous Les Mêmes.  With powerful snaps of their fingers as only instrumental accompaniment the act was absolutely divine.

Loin d’être minable, tu étais formidable, Stromae!

I compiled a few clips from last night that you can watch here but it last slightly over 10 minutes.

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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

 

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.

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