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It is common knowledge that Brussels is rich in museums. But actually visiting them is something we rarely do. We help you discover some exquisite collections and add another dimension: live music, performed by musicians of the Belgian National Orchestra. This way, a visit to the museum becomes an overwhelming total experience that will linger for days.

On December 18th, some of the instrumentalists of the Belgian National Orchestra will be visiting the Museum Art & History (located in the Cinquantenaire Park). This museum – the largest in the country – has an enormous collection. The building that houses it is also an unmissable landmark of Brussels’ architectural heritage.

The music performed by our musicians is selected by them and is inspired by the spaces in which they play as well as by the artefacts displayed in these areas. The orchestral musicians of the Belgian National Orchestra are joined by young talent from the Orchestra Academy, a scholarship for promising conservatory students in collaboration with la Monnaie/de Munt. Each concert is followed by a guided tour of about 45 minutes in Dutch or French. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide invites you to delve deeper into the collections during this tour.

These concerts are held live for a limited audience of up to max. 30 people (up to max. 50 for the1st concert).

Practical info

A ticket for one concert and a guided tour of the permanent collection costs 12 euros (children 6 euros). When buying a ticket, you can also buy – for an additional 4 euros – a solidarity ticket. By doing so, you make it possible for vulnerable target groups to visit this event as well.

As the concert is being recorded, we ask you to be as quiet as possible during the concert.

This project is being realised with the support of the LN


10am: Passions unleashed

This concert will take place in the Pavilion of Human Passions (in the Cinquantenaire).

Gordon Fantini (bassoon), Bert Helsen (bassoon), Bob Permentier (bassoon) and Filip Neyens (bassoon)

  • Scott Joplin, The Ragtime Dance (Arr. David Whitehouse)
  • Scott Joplin, The Easy Winners (Arr. David Whitehouse)
  • Erik Satie, Le Piccadilly (Arr. David Whitehouse)
  • Jan Huylebroeck, High Speed Rag
  • Claude Debussy, Golliwog’s Cake Walk & The Little Negro
  • Scott Joplin, Gladiolus Rag (Arr. David Whitehouse)

Followed by a guided tour of the Horta-Wolfers hall in the museum

12am: The Western Trail

Alexei Moshkov (Konzertmeister), Nathalie Lefin (second violin), Marc Sabbah (alto) and Olsi Leka (cello)

  • Anton Dvořák, String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96, “American Quartet”

Followed by a guided tour of the collection America.

2pm: Om namah shivaya

Annie Lavoisier (harp), Baudouin Giaux (flute) and Marc Sabbah (alto)

  • Ravi Shankar, excerpt from L’aube enchantée (on the raga Todi)
  • Claude Debussy, Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, L137

Followed by a guided tour of the collection Asia.

4:30pm: Musical stroll in Apamea

Annie Lavoisier (harp), Eleonora Congiu – Orchestra Academy (harp), Baudoin Giaux (flute) and Jérémie Fèvre (flute)

  • Philippe Gaubert, Divertissement Grec
  • Ottorino Respighi, Sicilienne after a dance for lute from the 15th century
  • Hector Berlioz, Trio for two Flutes and Harp from L’enfance du Christ
  • Jean Absil, Sicilienne
  • Claude Debussy, Extraits de la musique de scène des Chansons de Bilitis

Followed by a guided tour of the collection Rome.

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