Flights of the Angakok

Nederlands Kamerkoor & Lera Auerbach
Lera Auerbach Festival / NATURE OF SOUNDS
Sat 21 Oct 21:00
Sat 21 Oct '23
  • Sat 21 Oct '23
    Amare, Den Haag

The (Jewish) Austrian-American composer Lera Auerbach, who was born in the Soviet Union, is turning 50. Together with the Nederlands Kamerkoor she will be celebrating this special event with the world premiere of a new extensive piece by her for piano and choir: Flights of the Angakok. During this speial occassion the composer also makes her debut as a conductor with a choir.

The Nederlands Kamerkoor has previously performed highly enthusiastic premieres of Auerbach's hand: 72 Angels and Goetia: in umbra lucis. Her musical idiom is influenced by her own personal background: from Russian masters such as Rachmaninov and Shostakovich to Jewish traditional music.

For her next major choral work, Lera Auerbach drew on personal experiences. Her visit to the South Pole and meeting with the indigenous people touched her deeply. Flights of the Angakok thus became an urgent work, which strongly refers to the current climate crisis.

Flights of the Angakok is a sequel to Lera's fourth symphony, titled Arctica, which had its world premiere in 2019 at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Auerbach was inspired for Flights of the Angakok by the mythical Inuit shaman - the Angakok. In the work, the pianist plays the role of the shaman, while the choir sings about the spirits of nature (light/sun, wind, water) in a ritual-like song.

Ooievaarspas discount 
Ooievaarspas holders are eligible for a discount on the ticket price for this concert. To book tickets, we need to see your Ooievaarspas for registration purposes. Please contact our booking office to book your tickets. 

Wardrobe and drink
Wardrobe and an intermission drink are included. If the event does not have an intermission, you will receive the drink afterwards.


Nederlands Kamerkoor
Lera Auerbach
muzikale leiding
Yang Yang Cai piano
Thorwald Jørgensen theremin
Vitaly Medvedev percussie
Kalina Vladovska percussie