pianist Denis Kozhukhin, Songbird Sessions, Multitrack Master Quiz and Gabber Opera

You don’t have to be bored in Utrecht in the coming days, because there are lots of fun events on the programme. Listen to the beautiful piano sounds of Russian-Belgian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, take part in a film and debate evening in Kargadoor, play a music quiz in Helling or visit the Gabber Opera in Stadsschouwburg. Something for everyone!

Denis Kozhukhin – Schubert’s Last Sonata

Where: TivoliVredenburg
When: Friday, January 20
Price: 41.50 euros

Russian-Belgian pianist Denis Kozhukhin is internationally awash with rave reviews. His solo program this evening includes two famous works by Schumann and Schubert. It is a great opportunity for lovers of monumental piano works to experience this concert, because so far this is the only chance to hear Kozhukhin play in the Netherlands.


Where: Canal view, Keulsekade
When: Tuesday 24 January, from 8.30 p.m

Jerry Joseph, the famous singer-songwriter, is coming to Kanaalzicht on Tuesday 24 January. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this legendary musician play live in Utrecht. With a unique mix of rock, Americana and roots music, it promises to be an unforgettable evening. His poignant lyrics and emotional performances will surely touch you. Be quick!

Film & debate evening: Antimilitarism then, Climate actions now

Where: Transporter
When: Friday, January 20
Price: available

Action groups Extinction Rebellion Utrecht, Amelisweerd Not Asphalt and Weeds do not perish organize a film and debate evening about the usefulness, necessity and personal consequences of direct civil disobedience. The film will be shown prior to the debate Weeds do not perish. The film shows action shots of Onkruit and total refusers in the 1980s and of Extinction Rebellion now and interviews with those involved from then and now. The film also shows action footage of Just stop oil and an interview with Wouter Mouton from Bruges that stuck Girl with a pearl earring in the Mauritshuis.

ZIMIHC x IJSVOGEL Records – Songbird Sessions

Where: ZIMIHC Theater Zuilen
When: Saturday 21 January
Price: 10 euros

This musical initiative gives up-and-coming artists the opportunity to put on a thunderous show in front of a live audience and in front of the camera. During each session, two promising acts from the Utrecht area present what they have to offer. At this sixth edition of Songbird Sessions, two quirky and talented acts take the stage: D’orange and Loe.

Anne Fay’s Reaspora

Where: Theater seed
When: Saturday 21 January
Price: 18 euros

For her performance, Anne-Fay traveled along three continents and crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice; through a family history. Her own family history, which was strongly influenced by Holland’s colonial past. In the commemorative year 2023, 150 years after the abolition of slavery, Anne-Fay’s Reaspora shows the influence this past still has today. Anne-Fay has a black mother who always hid the racism she experienced. She is also relieved that her daughter has the privileges that come with white skin. But Anne-Fay asks herself: “Can I stand for the right of a black woman with white skin? And how do I use my privileges correctly?”

Multitrack Master Quiz

Where: The hill
When: Wednesday, January 25
Price: 10 euros

A little different from the usual music quizzes. Songs are played, but not in the way you are used to. You will hear the multitrack. This is the original recording of a song where all instruments can still be heard separately. By building the songs layer by layer – drums, bass, keys, guitar and so on – the song as you know it from the radio is slowly created. Whoever recognizes the number first takes the points. In addition to multitracks, tidbits, in-depth studies, YouTube gems and bonus questions are reviewed.

The Gabber Opera

Where: Municipal Theatre
When: Thursday 26 January
Price: from 14.50 euros

The performance collective URLAND shaves heads and creates a hardcore tour for everyone who longs for a theatrical excess. The gabber opera is inspired by ‘Bacchae’ by the Greek poet Euripides, and shows man’s timeless penchant for stupor and ecstasy.

Proof of the pudding

Where: The industry
When: Thursday 26 January
Price: 12.80 euros

A film about architecture and the value of good design. The subject of the film is the Centraal Beheer complex in Apeldoorn, once designed by Herman Hertzberger. In Utrecht, we know him from the old Muziekcentrum Vredenburg and the current TivoliVredenburg. On the eve of the restoration and transformation of the Centraal Beheer building, filmmaker Patrick Minks portrays the architect Hertzberger. Together, they examine how the social and architectural value of the building and the future plans are connected. The Proof of the Pudding is a look at an architect working to preserve his legacy and his ideals.

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