Music by the Maestro

Music by the Maestro

The conductor as composer

Ciconia Consort conducted by Dick van Gasteren


Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – 8:15 PM 
Kleine Zaal De Vereeniging, Nijmegen

Thursday, February 3, 2022 – 8:15 PM 
Small Hall Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Sunday, February 6, 2022 – 3:00 PM 
The New Church, The Hague
extras: dinner Pavlov + €24
OUT OF STOCK  or via the box office in the Nieuwe Kerk (also for tickets with Ooievaarspas), open on Tuesdays & Fridays between 1 pm and 6 pm

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 – 8:30 PM
Limburgzaal – Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen

Saturday, February 19, 2022 – 3:00 PM Please note : CHANGED STARTING TIME
Great Church, Maassluis


Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) – Marche Royal
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) – Capriccio opus 81 nr 3
Felix Weingartner (1863 – 1942) Serenade for string orchestra in F Major op. 6
Arthur Nikisch (1855-1922) – String sextet, world premiere, reconstruction by Bert Mooiman
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) – Interlude from the opera Capriccio
Franz Schreker (1878-1934) – Intermezzo for string orchestra
Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) – Sinfonietta for string orchestra
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) – from West Side Story: One hand, one heart

The conducting profession is often shrouded in mystery and secrecy. The Ciconia Consort and Dick van Gasteren guide you through the mysterious history of conducting using old film footage, anecdotes and beautiful unknown masterpieces.
For a long time there was hardly any separation between the conductor and the composer. Composers mainly conducted their own work. When Louis Spohr, Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn also started to conduct works by other composers, a conductor was no longer seen only as a beater, but as a musician and interpreter. The profession of conductor has since become a fact. Hans von Bülow and Arthur Nikisch were the first ‘non-composer conductors’ in the second half of the nineteenth century. But even these first ‘real’ conductors ‘involved’ in composing, often with undeserving results . Due to their personal ambitions as a conductor, many of their works disappeared into oblivion. Ciconia played the world premiere of Sinfonietta by Willem Mengelberg in 2019. The world premiere of the 1868 string sextet by the legendary conductor Arthur Nikisch, reconstructed by Bert Mooiman, will be exciting. Richard Strauss occupies a special position. During his lifetime he was as famous a composer as a conductor and orchestra leader. We honor this exceptional category with the beautiful Intermezzo from the opera Capriccio. Experience this journey of discovery with Ciconia to these unknown and sometimes previously unperformed masterpieces.

Interview with Dick van Gasteren about Music by the Maestro

On January 20, the interview with Dick van Gasteren appeared in the newspaper Den Haag Centraal, written by Frans van Hilten.