The Princessehof in Leeuwarden, birthplace of the world-famous graphic artist M.C. Escher, is the setting for a special project. In the concert series Miniatures of Music and Visual Arts, works of art are linked to musical themes. Classical music lovers will be captivated by the latest series of Miniatures, which revolves around M.C. Escher. In four videos, musicians perform intimate concert pieces by J.S. Bach and others, with Escher and his birthplace as sources of inspiration. The first episode can be viewed from Friday, 18 December, via www.princessehof.nl/en/miniatures. After that, new weekly episodes will be posted online on Friday, 25 December 2020, and 1 and 8 January 2021.
Miniaturesis an initiative of violinist and artistic director Tosca Opdam and consists of a series of short online concerts. Each miniature lasts about 10 minutes, and is introduced by Eline van den Berg, one of the Princessehof’s curators, and initiator and violinist Tosca Opdam. Tosca Opdam, viola player Dana Zemstov, harpist Petra van der Heide, double bass player James Oesi and accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam perform the music in varying configurations. In the first of the four-part concert series the musicians will perform Nos. 1, 4, 6, 15 and 8 from Bach’s Two-part Inventions in the Princessehof’s palace room. In the other three videos, viewers can enjoy a selection of compositions by F. Kreisler, Mozart, Bartók and Berio, and others. All these beautiful works are performed with the Princessehof as a magnificent backdrop, and you don’t even have to leave your living room to enjoy them. The complete repertoire is available on the museum’s website.