Voix des terres rouges
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Les voix des terres rouges - Rencontre choeur & orchestre transfrontalière

Participate in a large-scale project - With the Orchestre national de Metz - As part of Esch2022 - European Capital of Culture
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Participate in a large-scale project

With the Orchestre national de Metz

As part of Esch2022 - European Capital of Culture


  • Who ?
    Amateur choristers from Lorraine and Luxembourg accompanied by the Orchester national de Metz

  • What ?
    Creation of an unpublished work of 45 minutes Catherine Kontz (composition)

          Carla Lucarelli, Gilles Ortlieb (texts)

          Catherine Kontz, Armand d'Angour (prologue)

          Adriana Mitu Dragon (direction)

          A major work will be approached in parallel with the order

  • Where ?
    Luxembourg and Lorraine
    3 concerts at the Arche de Villerupt, the Artikuss in Sanem and at the Arsenal in Metz

  • When ?
    October 2021 to June 2022


Tuesday 09/11 at 8pm - Bettembourg
Monday 29/11 at 8 pm - Thionville
Tuesday 14/12 at 8pm - Bettembourg
Monday 10/01 at 8pm - Thionville
Saturday 29/01 from 9h30/12h30 - Bettembourg
Monday 21/02 at 8pm - Thionville
Tuesday 15/03 at 8pm - Bettembourg
Monday 25/04 at 8pm - Thionville
Saturday 21/05 from 9h30/12h30 - Thionville
Tuesday 31/05 at 8pm - Bettembourg
Monday 13/06 at 8pm - Place to be defined

  • Concerts: 17, 18 and 19 June 2022

  • Key numbers
    100 amateur choristers and 72 musicians
    3 concerts in prestigious places

For this new piece for large-scale choir and orchestra, the composer Catherine Kontz was inspired by the geology of the mining basin of Luxembourg and the Lorraine, and its history. The shape and the orchestration follow the composition of the soil with its different siliceous, calcareous and sandy layers which vary from green to red, passing through gray, yellow, brown, even black! As these layers multiply, the harmonies change, settle down, transform. The choir, protagonist of the ensemble, tells us the little story and also recalls some key historical moments. The play will be premiered as part of Esch 2022, European Capital of Culture, with texts by two authors who have an affinity for the region: Carla Lucarelli and Gilles Ortlieb. Anchored in music, these writings give voice to the inhabitants of these red lands, past and present.

Orchestre national de Metz

The Orchestre national de Metz gives, with its 72 musicians, around 80 concerts and performances per year, in the magnificent hall of the Arsenal in Metz, where it is in permanent residence and at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, in the entire Grand Est region (Reims, Strasbourg, etc.), throughout the rest of France (Paris, Chaise Dieu, etc.), in nearby international territories (Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium) and even thousands of kilometers (especially in Austria at the prestigious Konzerthaus in Vienna!). As the spearhead of the Cité Musicale-Metz, the Orchestre National de Metz continues to develop a vast national network as well as cross-border orchestras and performance halls.



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