14/05 – 15:30

The Sinatra Concerto:
Jef Neve, Casco Phil & Benjamin Haemhouts

Frank Sinatra passed away on 14 May 1998. On this day 25 years later, we commemorate one of the most legendary singers in modern history with a newly commissioned work composed by our ‘own’ composer-pianist Jef Neve.

With his Sinatra Concerto, he pays musical homage to ‘The Voice’ Frank Sinatra, using world-renowned hits like My Way, New York, New York, and many others as a basis. Jef Neve plays the piano himself, of course, and performs his new work along with Casco Phil and conductor Benjamin Haemhouts.

This world premiere, exactly a quarter century after Frank Sinatra’s passing, is one of the highlights of the festival. Not to be missed!

Dmitri Shostakovich – Concerto for piano & trumpet
Sergei Prokofiev – Symphony nr. 1 (Classical)
Jef Neve – Sinatra Concerto

duration: approx. 80 min

Benjamin Haemhouts – conductor
Jef Neve – piano
Simon Van Hoecke – trumpet
Casco Phil ensemble

Clara Cleymans


15/05 – 20:30

The Four Seasons Recomposed:
Max Richter & BRYGGEN

What do baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and minimalist Max Richter have in common? The Four Seasons!

Renowned violinist Jolente De Maeyer’s orchestra BRYGGEN and promising violinist Emmanuel Coppey invite us on a journey through the enchanting world of Max Richter with his VIVALDI RECOMPOSED.

The sparkling tones of perhaps the most famous violin concerto of all time, given an update by arguably the hottest composer and Spotify sensation Max Richter, form the building blocks of this breath-taking concert.

Arvo Pärt – Summa
Philip Glass – Company
Caroline Shaw – Plan & Elevation
Max Richter – Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

duration: approx. 80 min

BRYGGEN ensemble
Jolente De Maeyer – violin
Emmanuel Coppey – violin

Clara Cleymans


16/05 – 20:30

Fado de Lisboa with Marco Rodrigues

Fado, the blues of Portugal, are songs of life, drenched in melancholy and wistfulness, the saudade if you like… Marco Rodrigues is the fado sensation of today; one of the stars of the UNIVERSAL record label. He made his Belgian debut a few years ago to packed concert halls. Anyone who hears his richly coloured voice is sure to be taken in.

He works with Portugal’s very best fado singers. With his silky-soft voice, supported by his group of top musicians, he combines traditional fado with his own songs. At Antwerp Spring Festival, he brings along Catarina Rosa, an up-and-coming fado singer whom he himself says could well be the new Amália Rodriguez…

Pure fado, straight from the heart of Portugal.

duration: approx. 80 min

Marco Rodrigues – vocals and guitar
Catarina Rosa – vocals
Pedro Viana – Portuguese guitar
Frederico Gato – bass guitar
Nelson Aleixo – classic guitar



ASH & 55
Contemporary dance from Panama

Choreographer Marlyn Attie‘s Panamanian dance company COCO is packing the Antwerp Handelsbeurs with two stunning performances. The two European premieres take you from absolute tranquility to an exuberant party at 55 bpm.

The evening opens subdued with ‘ASH’ (aka Ashley), a search for the space between life and eternal silence.

Then COCO brings the Trade Fair into high gear with ’55,’ a celebration of and quest for identity; what does it mean to be Panamanian? And to be human?

duration: approx. 80 min

Compañia De Danza Contemporáea De Panama (Coco)
Marlyn Attie – choreography
Joameth Manzane, Adrian Morales, Carolina Figuereido, Carla Mabel Lozano, Paulina Leon – dance


Kids’ concert

Antwerp Spring Festival is a festival for everyone and that includes the little ones!

Today’s children are tomorrow’s audience and enthusiasm has no age limit. Join us on a musical adventure for ears both young and old at our family performance!

Find out more about the Kids’ concert for the whole family here soon.

Family time!


21/05 – 15:30

Mahler 4:
Symphonic Orchestra Opera Ballet Vlaanderen & Alejo Pérez

Antwerp Spring Festival closes on a grand and yet serene note.

Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony brought the composer infinite fame. The last of the three so-called Magic Horn symphonies is packed with ecstatic moments and ends with a breath-taking solo for soprano. The Symphony Orchestra Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and its chief conductor Alejo Pérez close our festival in style, together with soprano Elisa Soster.

Anybody who loves grand orchestral music with passionate melodies, melancholic themes and compelling romance should not miss this concert!

Franz Schubert / Luciano Berio – Rendering
Mahler – Fourth Symphony

duration: approx. 100 min

Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez – conductor
Elisa Soster – soprano

Clara Cleymans