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Opening Concert 19th World Music Contest

With philharmonie zuidnederland, Dominique Vleeshouwers & Simone van der Weerd

thursday 7 juli 2022
20:00 - 21:30
Roda Hall
From € 38.00

Conductor: Jaume Santonja

Marimba: Dominique Vleeshouwers

Bandoneon: Simone van der Weerd

philharmonie zuidnederland will provide the festive overture to the 19th World Music Contest in its official Opening Concert. Together with top percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwers and Simone van der Weerden on bandoneon, they will present a program featuring percussion, bandoneon and wind instruments. A musical tribute to the WMC.  

Top composer Hardy Mertens wrote a new hymn especially for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the World Music Contest. The world-renowned composer from Kerkrade has been associated with the festival for many years and was inspired by the rich history of the competition and the well-known WMC tune by Henk Badings.

The composition Symphony of Winds by Igor Stravinsky was written especially for the wind section of a symphony orchestra. The Wave Quartet, a leading percussion quartet in Europe, will have the opportunity to shine with a composition by Astor Piazzolla. The work Aconcagua was written for the bandoneon, but arranged for percussion quartet and symphony orchestra. It will have its Dutch premiere that evening. 

After the intermission, the spectacular Symphony No.2 "The Big Apple" by composer Johan de Meij is on the program. The composition was originally written for wind band, but tonight it is performed for symphony orchestra. And that is exceptional, because usually it is the other way around and works for symphony orchestra are arranged for wind band. 

In any case, this first gala concert of the 19th World Music Contest promises to be a special evening. One for the musical connoisseur. 


  • WMC Hymne (World premiere) - Hardy Mertens
  • Symphonies of Wind Instruments - Igor Stravinsky
  • Aconcagua (Dutch premiere) - Astor Piazzolla
  • Soloists: The Wave Quartet
  • Symphonie No. 2 ‘The Big Apple’ - Johan de Meij