Daily Discoveries

Groeningemuseum in Bruges

Six centuries of Belgian visual arts in one location, with work by Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and Gerard David, neo-classicism by Joseph Odevaere and Joseph Ducq, Flemish expressionism, and 20th-century modern art by René Magritte, Roger Raveel, Raoul De Keyser Flemish primitives In Groeningemuseum you will find paintings by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Gerard David, Hieronymus Bosch, Ambrosius Benson, Lancelot Blondeel, father Pourbus, and his sons and their contemporaries. They were masters who came from the Low Countries and often worked in Bruges and completed assignments there in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Several of those paintings are regarded as milestones in the history of European art. A...
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Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Mozart & Don Giovanni in Bruges

Librettist Da Ponte’s most exciting drama performed by a legendary orchestra and a dream cast FRI 18 OCT 2019 Who wouldn’t want to be Don Giovanni for a while? Relishing life and love, without worrying about the trail of broken hearts you leave behind? Mozart’s timeless opera poses questions that still perplex us today. Certainly when they are performed by delightful voices, such as those of André Morsch and Paula Murrihy. The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century makes Mozart sparkle as never before. But beware, even in Don Giovanni, the old adage is ever true: he who laughs last, laughs best. programme Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Don Giovanni, KV527 (concert version) performers Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century: orchestra Kenneth Montgomery: conductor...
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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & Tero Saarinen Company in Bruges

Sibelius’s monument by the original orchestra FRI 11 OCT 201920.00 Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, a heroic and vibrant work, was composed to celebrate his fiftieth birthday. At its premiere, Sibelius himself conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which is also performing it for us at 11/10 in Bruges. In his Fifth, Sibelius pulls out all the stops and treats his audience to a listening course in heroism. Those who hear its six hammer-blow final chords will readily agree with the following entry from Sibelius’s diary: ‘When I climb the mountain, God opens His gates and His orchestra plays my Fifth Symphony.’ While writing this masterpiece, Sibelius saw sixteen wild swans flying over the Finnish landscape. A wonderful experience that completely enchanted him and provided...
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In Search of Bruges Finest Chocolate

Walking the old city streets of Bruges with the sun shining on your brow, you just can’t help but notice the beauty of the city, it puts a sparkle in your eye and a smile to your lips… but then your 4th sense is taken over.. the smell of chocolate is in the air. Dark and yet sweet, rich and delicate, creamy and mouthwatering. It entices memories of first tastes and first kisses, setting your mouth alight with expectation. You follow the scent over cobbled paths and past exquisite churches until finally you step inside one of Bruges’ finest chocolatiers …. Sweertvaegher This wonderful chocolate shop opened its doors more than half a century ago, and has been a staple...
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