Utopia – Veerle Van Roosbroeck soprano – Bart Uvyn countertenor – Adriaan De Koster tenor – Lieven Termont baritone – Bart Vandewege bass
20:00 Guided tour "van Loon" (in French)
21:00 Concert Utopia Ensemble
¨Psalm: Domine ad adjuvandum me Giovanni Gastoldi
Psalm: Dixit Dominus Tomás Luis de Victoria
Psalm 112: Laudate Pueri Josquin Desprez
Pulchra es Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Antiphon: Salve Regina Cristóbal de Morales
Psalm 121: Laetatus Sum Anonymous
La Luz de Vuestros Ojos Francisco Guerrero
La gracia y los ojos bellos Francisco Guerrero
Antiphon: Ave Regina Caelorum a 5 Cristóbal de Morales
Psalm 126: Nisi Dominus Orlandus Lassus
Psalm 147: Lauda Jerusalem Tomás Luis de Victoria
Ave verum Corpus Richard Dering
Ave Maria à 5 voix Peter Philips
Ave Maris stella Anonymous
Magnificat Nicolas Gombert
22:15 Guided tour "van Loon" (in Dutch)
In Flanders, Marian devotions have always had a special place in popular devotion. The many chapels along the roads, the magnificent basilicas, cathedrals and churches that are dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as well as the many processions and songs all attest to their popularity.
The Spanish occupation of Flanders in the sixteenth century only accentuated this. Isabella, the daughter of Philip II of Spain, and her husband, the Archduke Albert of Austria, commissioned the Basilica of Our Lady of Scherpenheuvel as well as the stunning Marian cycle by the painter Theodoor van Loon, which you can still see there today.
For this in situ music programme, Utopia has put together Marian Vespers, inspired by Monteverdi’s famous Vespers. Psalms and antiphons are combined with stunning musical settings of the Song of Songs by Spanish and Flemish composers, including Gombert, Morales, Vittoria and Lassus.