Mystery in Music

Mystery in Music

From Mozart to Harry Potter

Ciconia Consort – The Hague String Orchestra
Dick van Gasteren, conductor
Mario Bruno, flute


Friday 6 October 2023 – 8:00 p.m.
Theater Hanzehof, Zutphen

Saturday 7 October 2023– 8:15 p.m.
Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag
extra: diner Pavlov + €28

Sunday 8 October 2023 – 3:30 p.m.
Willem Twee Toonzaal, Den Bosch

Sunday 15 October 2023 – 4:00 p.m.
Oude Blasiuskerk, Delden


John Williams – Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
Mozart – Adagio and Fuga
Willem Pijper – Six Adagios
Friedrich Nietzsche – Hymnus an das Leben
André Jolivet – Concerto for flute and string orchestra
Isang Yung – Tapis
Oivier Messiaen – Epode for 18 strings from Chronochromi
Arthur Honegger – Symphony No.2 for string orchestra and trumpet (ad libitum)

God made a figure in His likeness, and asked the soul to take part in it, but the soul refused for it was its nature to be free… Then God asked the angels to make music and the soul went into ecstasy and made its home in the body to enjoy music even more.

Experience in the program ‘Mystery in Music’ how music can take us to a ‘different reality’. It is generally known that Mozart wrote work for Freemasonry, but Willem Pijper also wrote a Masonic work full of symbolism and cryptic references with the beautiful Six Adagios. Jolivet and Messiaen are strongly associated with mysticism and orientalism. Where Messiaen mainly wrote from a mystical-Catholic conviction, Jolivet was mainly looking for pagan-magical impulses, as first put to music by Stravinsky in his magisterial Sacre du printemps. Jolivet’s Flute Concerto with beautiful melodic lines and rousing rhythms will be performed by the young talented Italian flautist Mario Bruno, prize winner of the International ARD Music Competition 2022. And did you know that the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche also composed music? Honegger’s string symphony with its magical apotheosis of the trumpet concludes this concert.

The ARD Musikwettbewerb (organiser Bayerische Rundfunk) is one of the most renowned international competitions for classical music. Every year, some 200 candidates from 40 countries compete for the top prizes, for many the start of a great career. Previous award winners include world-famous artists Jessye Norman, Maurice André, Natalia Gutman, Christoph Eschenbach, Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Juri Bashmet and Heinz Holliger.Mario Bruno was one of the prize winners in 2022 and has also won the International Flute Competition in Kobe (Japan). Since 2022, Ciconia Consort annually chooses a prize winner of the ARD competition to play a solo concerto with the orchestra.

Mario Bruno
IThe young talented Italian flautist Mario Bruno won several important (inter)national competitions, including the first prize at the Flute Competition Gazzeloni in Pescara (2017), first prize and special prize for the performance of contemporary composition at the 10th Kobe International Flute Competition (2022) and in the same year the 2nd prize at the 71. ARD-Musikwettbewerb.

Bruno began his musical studies in the class of Antonio Amenduni, at the Conservatorio di Musica in Foggia, where he graduated in 2015 with honors. He continued his studies with Michele Marasco at the Accademia Italiana del Flauto in Rome. In 2020 he completed his Master’s degree cum laude with Davide Formisano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. And he is currently still studying with Andrea Lieberknecht at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Mario Bruno took masterclasses with Peter Lukas Graf, Christina Fassbender, Sebastian Jacot, Patrick Gallois (Accademia Chigiana), Paolo Taballione and Hans-Joachim Fuss (traverso), among others. As a soloist he played flute concertos by Jolivet, Ligeti, Mozart and Borne with orchestras such as the Orchestra Città di Vigevano and the Bruno Maderna Orchestra. As an orchestral musician he played in orchestras such as the Sinfonieorchester Città Metropolitana di Bari, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Südwestrundfunk Symphonieorchester, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Bach Collegium München. Since August 2021 he has a fixed position as solo flautist in the Staatsorchester Kassel.