The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Y.M.P. join forces for the programme 'To be', which will take place on 24 and 25 September in the Doelen in Rotterdam. The concert is a crossover between hip-hop and classical music, with music, spoken word, theatre and visual images.
Ongoing collaboration Y.M.P. and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
The Rotterdam orchestra and the spoken word artist worked together earlier this year. This is when they discovered the common ground that forms the basis for these concerts. On Liberation Day a video was launched by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: an ode to freedom, in which four Rotterdam artists participated. One of them was the spoken word artist Y.M.P.
Now the collaboration will be continued with a full evening programme in de Doelen during which newly composed works by Y.M.P. and an exceptional composer will be presented.
New forms for a wide audience
For the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra the collaboration is a logical next step. "We would like to translate the innovative online musical experiences, which have done very well on video in recent months, into a live experience. That's a creative track that we're setting out for ourselves, in addition to everything we continue to do online. Entering into the experiment, that's what we've been interested in for some time now. And it suits us to make a little more room for it now," says director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra George Wiegel.
Y.M.P.: "This collaboration is a dream come true. From the beginning of my career, I have always said that I will someday make music for the orchestra. Those were big words, time to turn it into great deeds. In this production, classical music and hip-hop become a whole".