31 MARCH 2024 – ELGAR & FRIENDS – ENSOR 2024

2024 marks the 75th anniversary of James Sidney Edoard Ensor’s death. The Ensor Year, which launched in Ostend in December 2023, payed tribute to the Belgian grandmaster, innovator and inspiration. The glory days of yesteryear are continued to be revived for a whole year, with the true-born Ostend artist as guide and signpost.

We dedicate this concert to the composers who came to conduct their own works at the Kursaal. Thanks in part to the British high society that in large numbers took the waters in Ostend, Edward Elgar became a phenomenon in the seaside town. We combine his Cello Concerto with music by Camille Saint-Saëns (who was there twice) and numerous other works that refer to this glorious period.

Charles Gounod – La reine de Saba: Marche et Cortége 
Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto (solo cello Stéphanie Huang)
Camille Saint-Saens– Symphonie Nr. 2
Emanuelle Chabrier – Espana

Orchestra: Casco Phil
Soloist: Stéphanie Huang
Conductor: Benjamin Haemhouts