English Program

Zuiderstrandtheater is very pleased to present you a wide range of performances and events which are suitable for non-Dutch speakers.

It is also possible to order your tickets by telephone via our box office 070 8800333.

Kian Soltani & Mario Häring
Artist in residence


Cellist Kian Soltani is a phenomenon. Growing up in Austria, he was taught by none other than Ivan Monighetti. He signed an exclusive CD contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and was invited to perform by such greats as Daniel Barenboim and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Experience his exceptional talent with demanding pieces by Beethoven, Poulenc and Shostakovich.

Kian Soltani, cello | Mario Häring, piano
Beethoven, Cello Sonata in C | Poulenc, Cello Sonata | Shostakovich, Cello Sonata

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 14 December 8.15 PM

Kiev Credo Choir
A Russian Orthodox Christmas

Few ensembles do Russian Orthodox as impressively as the Kiev Credo Choir. They’re close to the source, because the Orthodox repertoire was created in Kiev as far back as the tenth century, when the city had just converted to Christianity. The choir masters of the new churches initially based their chants on the single-voice religious music of the Greeks and Bulgarians, but soon began to compose their own pieces, leading to a flowering of polyphonic choir music. This is music where time seems to have stood still.

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Tuesday 25 December 2 PM

Holland Baroque
Les Cloches de Noël

Joël Grare was a guest at Holland Baroque before, and he’s back to once again draw you into his secret world of never-before-heard sounds, where bells sound entirely differently and chimes ring out like they’ve never done before. You can hear the snowflakes drift down in the fields, while bells ring out over the countryside. Wintry scenes, for the ultimate Christmas feeling.

Justin Kim, countertenor
with Monteverdi, Marais, Brel, Grare and others

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 23 December 3 PM

Música Temprana
Christmas music from Ecuador

The Jesuits who travelled to South America to preach the faith from the 17th century on did not just cross the ocean with bibles – they brought musical instruments as well, and taught composition. This created the exotic Baroque music with which Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel and his ensemble Música Temprana are conquering festivals and concert halls. In Ecuador, he discovered polyphonic masterpieces for the Church liturgy, but also beautiful songs that were sung in bars and out in the fields. He took the most beautiful of these to compile an inspiring programme.

Adrían van der Spoel, conductor

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Wednesday 26 December 2 PM

Nick van Bloss
Piano maestro


He suffers from Tourette syndrome – but when he plays the piano, the storm in his head grows quiet. And that’s when miracles occur. That’s when everything around him stops, leaving only the music that he, with his turbulent creativity, lifts to unprecedented heights. The English pianist Nick van Bloss is a true phenomenon, and we have great expectations of his debut in the Netherlands with Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He has already received sustained applause and cheers in London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.

Nick van Bloss, piano
Beethoven, Variations op. 34 - Sonata op. 31 no. 3 | Bach, Goldberg Variations

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 29 December 8.15 PM

Charkov City Opera & Ballet
Swan Lake

Swan Lake, from 1894, is of a timeless beauty. Marius Petipa and his assistant Lev Ivanov were at the pinnacle of their ability when they wrote the choreography to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. The romantic story tells of the love between Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette, who has been turned into a swan by the wizard Rotbart. Only true love can break the spell. With a live orchestra.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 30 December 2.30 PM

Sunday 30 December 7 PM


The Tatar State Opera
Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is considered the composer Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful ballet, and is Marius Petipa’s choreographic masterpiece. It deserves its acclaim as one of the highlights of the Classical-Romantic ballet genre, and in this performance it is interpreted in grand, romantic and impressive fashion. Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger on a spindle on her sixteenth birthday and is woken after one hundred years of sleep by the kiss of a prince. Suitable for all ages, it is the perfect family show.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 4 January 8 PM

Les Siècles
An homage to Mozart

The orchestra Les Siècles is currently sweeping the largest concert halls and festivals. The musicians play old instruments and copies, but never get entangled in academic hair-splitting. Inspired and full of passion, they are winning award after musical award with their permanent conductor Franz-Xavier Roth. Their Mozart symphonies are lauded in the grandest terms, and they will be bringing his 39th and 41st, Jupiter, to the Zuiderstrandtheater. It promises to be one of the highlights of the season!

François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Mozart, Symphony no. 39 - Symphony no. 41 | Lachenmann, Mouvement

Classical | Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 13 January 2.15 PM

Marchen Ornstein, Rima Khcheich, Mike Fentross

A jazz musician, a Lebanese singer and a baroque musician united by their love for music, which lets them draw out the best in themselves. For the Flamenco Biennale 2019, this unusual trio is bringing a special programme of Spanish music from the late Moorish and early Baroque periods.

Marchen Ornstein, bass clarinet | Rima Khcheich, vocals | Mike Fentross, theorbo/vihuela

World Music | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 25 January 8.15 PM

Busch Trio
Tried and tested

Yet another exceptional piano trio has emerged in the Netherlands: the Busch Trio. It consists of the cello and piano-playing brothers Ori and Omri Epstein and violinist Mathieu van Bellen. These three musical wizards are in their twenties and winning one contest after the other. When they were artist in residence during the Grachtenfestival in 2015, they were the talk of the town. We are pleased and proud to introduce this trio to you.

Schubert, Notturno | Beethoven, Pianotrio opus 70 no. 2 | Dvorák, piano trio no. 4 ‘Dumky’

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sturday 26 January 8.15 PM


Nederlands Kamerkoor
Dark Russia

Entirely unique and mysterious choral music from Russia. The Strochnoe music that monks have been singing in orthodox monasteries for centuries is incredibly fascinating. The Nederlands Kamerkoor, or Dutch Chamber Choir, invited the legendary cantor Daniil Sayapin to come perform this splendid repertoire in the Netherlands. He reconstructed an eighteenth-century requiem, which will be performed alongside Alfred Schnittke's moving Concerto for Choir.

Peter Dijkstra, conductor | Daniil Sayapin, cantor

Russian Requiem, Great Panikhida | Schnittke, Concerto for Choir

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 27 January 3 PM


The Simon & Garfunkel Story (reprise)

The fascinating story of two young boys from Queens, New York, who became the world’s most successful musical duo of all time. A journey through all the songs and stories that shaped them, their dramatic split and their individual solo careers. It ends with a beautiful ode to the legendary Central Park reunion concert of 1981.

Pop | Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 2 February 8 PM

Conny Janssen Dances

'BROOS' is a scintillating dance performance about age, youth, the fragility of life and the passage of time. Conny Janssen Dances shows us the vulnerability of life. In a mosaic of narratives, we experience the heartbeat of various moments in time. Alongside an ensemble of thirteen dancers, Conny Janssen collaborates with the composer and multi-instrumentalist Marchje Teussink, who will be performing a piece specially composed for BROOS, live.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 7 February 8 PM

Holland Baroque meets Dorothee Mields

Holland Baroque likes to perform with free spirits, and as such they are bringing along the Italian Marco Ambrosini. Ambrosini fell in love with the nyckelharpa, a folk music Swedish string instrument with keys and resonance strings. He coaxes tones as light as feathers from this unique instrument, in picturesque improvisations. With the diva of ancient music Dorothee Mields, he performs the music of 17th-century inns and castles.

Dorothee Mields, soprano | Marco Ambrosini, nyckelharpa
including Biber, Purcell, Holborne & traditionals

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 8 February 8.15 PM

Madness (6+)

The Israeli choreography duo Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak create the most wondrous of performances, with an entirely unique “sound”. As if opening a magical box, they conjure up crazy characters and strange fellows in productions full of subtle humour, slapstick, dance, mime, theatre, cabaret, acrobatics, marvellous costumes, videos and sound excerpts. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, no matter your age.

Youth & Family | Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 9 February 7.30 PM

Peter Kalb - El Periqu'in
An homage to Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is a great source of inspiration, and not just to pop, jazz and electronic music artists. Also in the world of flamenco, the king of pop is seen as a great example. The Dutch flamenco guitarist Peter Kalb – known as 'El Periquín' in Spain – now takes on Jackson’s heritage. With Martin Fondse as special guest.

Peter Kalb, guitar | Augustin Carrillo, transverse flute | Manola Torres, percussion | Tessa Zoutendijk, violin | Franklin Heiligers, bass | Martin Fondse, piano

World Music | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 9 February 8.15 PM

Hofesh Shechter
Grande Finale

Choreographer, dancer, musician and composer Hofesh Shechter is one of the most exciting figures in contemporary dance. He creates dance like an urban guerrilla, rugged and unorthodox, dynamic and thrilling, composing his own music to accompany it. Like many other Israeli choreographers, Schechter almost always imparts a political aspect to his work. Grand Finale refers to the end of the world. Theaterkrant gave his Clowns, performed by NDT, five stars: “frighteningly good”.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 21 February 8 PM

Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Motets and Passion music

The Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Dutch Bach Association) shows how composers have passed on the torch of inspiration. Around 1670, Heinrich Schütz completed his Johannes-Passion: poignant music for a cappella choirs. Half a century after that, Bach took inspiration from Schütz to write grand motets. Based on these, Mendelssohn wrote an impressive ode to Bach some one hundred years later.

Christoph Prégardien, conductor

Bach, Jesu Mayne Freude - Lobet den Herrn | Mendelssohn, Mayn Gott, warum hast Du mich verlassen - Warum toben die Heiden - Richte mich Gott | Schütz, Johannes-Passion

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 1 March 8.15 PM

Marta Topferova & Milokraj
Tento Svet

Marta Topferova is one of the most outstanding singer-songwriters of her generation. In the past sixteen years, she won an important position in the New York music scene, and has collaborated with the best Latin, jazz and classical musicians, creating a unique mix of styles. Her music and beautiful voice display influences from Czech and Slavic musical traditions, as well as from Latin American folk music.

World Music Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 9 March 8.15 PM


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