Old Dutch Christmas

Old Dutch Christmas

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


Friday 13 December 2024 – 8:00 PM
Theater Hanzehof, Zutphen

Saturday 14 December 2024 – 8:15 PM
Theater Dakota, The Hague

Sunday 15 December 2024 – 3:00 PM
Grote Kerk, Naarden

Friday 20 December 2024 – 8:15 PM
De Lievekamp, ​​Oss

Saturday 21 December 2024 – 3:00 PM
Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague

Saturday 21 December 2024 – 8:15 PM
Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague


HENDRIK ANDRIESSEN (1892-1981) – Variations and fugue on a theme by Johann Kuhnau
WILLEM VAN OTTERLOO (1907-1978) – Suite for string orchestra
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856) – Frölicher Landmann, opus 68 no. 10
JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL (1778-1837) – Variations in C major on O, du lieber Augustin, S.47
JAN VAN GILSE (1881-1944) – Zwei Sätze, arr. Jeff Hamburg
MODEST MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) – Painting exhibition, arr. Robert G. Patterson

‘Old Dutch Christmas’ stands for an warm evening of old Dutch nostalgia. The famous Pictures of
an Exhibition by Mussorgsky will be presented on a beautiful selection of paintings by the great
Dutch Old Masters, such as Melchior d’Hondecoeter, Frans Hals, Jeroen Bosch and Rembrandt. The returning Promenade in the piece will be imagined on skates with the famous winter scenes of Avercamp, like a real Frisian ‘Elfstedentocht’.
The classic melody “O du lieber Augustin”, in Holland well-known from a Dutch ‘Sinterklaas’
celebration-song, is still popular in the 20th century, with a medley by Bing Crosby or the Thanks
Giving song “Fat Turkeys”. Ciconia Consort plays Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Variations on this
melody. Furthermore, the audience is immersed in the real ‘Dutch sound’ of the composers Willem van Otterloo and Hendrik Andriessen.