Dante’s epic poem La Divina Commedia reports the imaginary journey through hell (Inferno), along purgatory (Purgatorio), up to heaven (Paradiso). From August 4 to 13, the programme of the MAfestival 2017 shuttles between heaven and hell.
The festival day in Lissewege is dedicated to War & Peace. Ensemble Plus Ultra performs Cristóbal de Morales’ Missa L’homme armé, one of the supreme polyphonic masses through which the age old song of the armed man resounds.
In the context of GoneWest, the artistic commemoration of World War I by the province of West-Flanders, MAfestival Bruges pays homage to wartime composers. Heinrich Schütz, John Jenkins and William are central in this respect.
MAfestival selects the most intimate music for its late night concerts. In the Abbey of Saint Godelieve, the Belgian ensemble Hathor Consort plays music by William Lawes and John Jenkins. The Estonian Grammy Award winner Vox Clamantis interacts with pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier in Franz Liszts Via Crucis, one of the most poignant versions of the Passion.