1918 was a special year in many ways. Most important the end of the First World War, but also in musical aspects.

Debussy passed away on March 25th of 1918. He had become one of the most important artistic innovater of his age. His ideas were defining for the musical development of contemporary music. To many composers, as well as jazz musicians Debussy was the most important influence. We will honour him with 5 concerts in which his chamber music repertoire is presented. Besides this we will explore the early French composers who influenced Debussy in our Early Music concert series.

Ten days before Debussy passed away the young French composer Lili Boulanger passed away at the age opf 24. She studied at the conservatoire in Paris and was influenced by Debussy but she soon found her own musical style. She was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome. In spite of her declining health she was very productive. Her style is characterized by her physical conditions, oftn dark and melancholy, but it also shows touching, optimistic and almost naive sides.

1918 was the birth year of Leonard Bernstein, best known for his musical West Side Story and his extravert way of composing. He has also written a large number of chamber music works, with which he inspired a whole generation of American composers. In the Bernstein concert we will focus on his contemproraries and musical friends as well, besides repertoire from Bernstein himself.

In 1918 the artistic collective De Ploeg was established in Groningen. in 1921 they published the Magazine of the Arts, in which also composer Daniel Ruyneman played an important role. Ruyneman was an important musician in Groningen, an advocate of modern music. Together with De Ploeg painter Johan Dijkstra he staged works by Debussy. A great occassion to examine the musical influences of De Ploeg.
A second concert concerning De Ploeg is a semi concertante version of the opera written about the life of Hendrik Werkman, one of the most important painters of De Ploeg.

There are also other concerts, with repertoire of Shostakovich, Mompou, female composers, Bohemian music and many more. As always there is a focus on young talented musicians with our Young Matsers in Concert series and the daily lunch concerts by participants of the Summer Academy.

And last but not least we will repeat the PdGCares! project, together with two lectures in the Music & Science series, which you do not want to miss!