‘Utopia, handmade Belgian Polyphony’

16 Nov.'18
- 20:00

La Luz de Vuestros Ojos

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, de Victoria and Lassus.

Listen to the playlist "Early Music" on Spotify

Veerle Van Roosbroeck
Bart Uvyn
Adriaan De Koster
Lieven Termont
Bart Vandewege
20:00 Guided tour "van Loon" (in Dutch)
21:00 Concert Utopia Ensemble
Giovanni Gastoldi

¨Psalm: Domine ad adjuvandum me

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Psalm: Dixit Dominus

Josquin Desprez

Psalm 112: Laudate Pueri

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Pulchra es

Cristóbal de Morales

Antiphon: Salve Regina


Psalm 121: Laetatus Sum

Francisco Guerrero

La Luz de Vuestros Ojos

Francisco Guerrero

La gracia y los ojos bellos

Cristóbal de Morales

Antiphon: Ave Regina Caelorum a 5

Orlandus Lassus

Psalm 126: Nisi Dominus

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Psalm 147: Lauda Jerusalem

Richard Dering

Ave verum Corpus

Peter Philips

Ave Maria à 5 voix


Ave Maris stella

Nicolas Gombert


22:15 Guided tour "van Loon" (in French)


Music Talk(s)


The ear of the painters

Practical information


Basilica of Scherpenheuvel

Isabellaplein 3270 Scherpenheuvel

‘Davidsfonds Academie et BOZAR vous donne l'opportunité d'en savoir plus sur la thématique du concert : visite guidée dans la basilique, lecture sur la dévotion de Marie et un repas en communauté. Tout pour vous faire vivre une expérience intense et complète. 

Info et inscription (uniquement en NL)