[Pro luce]

© Frank Emmers

Orlando di Lasso (arr. Haemhouts) – La nuit froide et sombre
Philip Glass – Opening
Maurice Ravel – String quartet in F, I. Allegro Moderato
Claude Debussy – String quartet in G, opus 10, II, Assez vif et bien rythmé
Benjamin Haemhouts – Pro Luce (world premiere)
Joseph Jongen – Deux Sérénades pour quatuor à cordes, Op. 61: Sérénade tendre
Andrea Casarrubios – Seven

When James Ensor was knighted in 1929, he chose ‘Pro luce nobilis sum’ as his motto, which translates as something like ‘ennobled by light’. There could be no more appropriate motto. Indeed, the greatest merit of the painter from Ostend lies in his constant play with light, for which he found inspiration in Ostend’s sunsets. Casco Phil pays tribute to the master of light in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Duinenkerk in Mariakerke, the church where Ensor is buried. In the intimate line-up of string quartet and percussion, the wealth of colours of musical wizards such as Ravel and Debussy is paired with surprising works by Casarrubios, Jongen and Philip Glass. To conclude the six-part Ensor series played by Casco Phil in Ostend, our own artistic director Benjamin Haemhouts composed the occasional piece Pro luce, which will have its world première here. Once the last light of day has disappeared behind the horizon, Casco Phil will close the Ostend part of the James Ensor year 2024 in style.

As part of ‘De baden van Oostende’, Ostend city festival in the Ensor Year 2024

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