“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.”

It is with these prophetic words from the Book of Revelation that James MacMillan begins his Alpha and Omega, and that the Flemish Radio Choir opens this new season. A deeply moving work for a capella choir, in which memories, expectations and hoop inspire us with new life: a cri de coeur after a difficult period, full of determination to rise again.

Rising again, even after aching loss, is what the old Celtic legend tells us in The Death of Oscar. MacMillan makes if into a miniature symphonic poem. The old bard tells us about the heroic struggle of his son Oscar, who emerges victorious from the struggle but dies of his wounds, leaving behind grief and memories.


James MacMillan
Alpha and Omega / The Death of Oscar

Franz Schubert
Sinfonie Nr. 7 h-Moll D.759 “Unvollendete”

Johannes Brahms
Nänie, op. 82

19:30 pre-concert talk Sander De Keere & Stéphane Denève & Bart Van Reyn
21:45 Happy Hour!
After the concert, we invite everyone - audience, musicians, singers and conductors - to raise a glass together and catch up at the bars inside Flagey. It's our treat during this Happy Hour!
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On the eve of the world premiere of his Alpha and Omega, James MacMillan discusses the creation of this grand work.

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James MacMillan shares his vast experience and expertise in this unique masterclass with the Vlaams Radiokoor.

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Read the words to Alpha and Omega in English, French and Dutch.

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Read the words to Nänie, written by Friedrich Schiller.

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Venue: Studio 4, Flagey

Location: Place Sainte Croix Heilig Kruisplein | 1050 Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 641 10 20
Online: www.flagey.be

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