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Lunchtime concert

Duo StrijbosCraens
Thu 4 Apr ’24 12:30 uur
Thu 4 Apr ’24
12:30 uur

Pianist Babette Craens and soprano Fleur Strijbos, both graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, share a love for the Lied. In 2022, they joined forces and formed a Lied duo, inspired by their mutual appreciation for poetry and lyrical melodies. Selected for the 'Udo Reinemann Masterclasses Lied Duo 2022-2023' and the semi-finals of 'Supernova 2024', they present a unique interpretation of Lied repertoire. They put their own twist on it and take you into their world. Their debut performance took place during the 'Young Masters' concert by Beaujean-Live in March 2023, and now they are performing at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.

Babette Craens was born into a musical family and began playing the piano at the age of 4. At 14, she was discovered by Heidi Hendrickx, Levente Kende, and Nicolas Callot. Babette started her conservatory studies at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp at the age of 17, where she completed her bachelor's and master's degrees with great distinction. She has won multiple national piano competitions, including the Steinway Competition. Additionally, she was selected for prestigious festivals, Young Talent programs, and masterclasses, where she further developed her skills under the guidance of renowned pianists.

Soprano Fleur Strijbos received her education from Anne Cambier at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and Barbara Bonney at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. She completed her master's degree with highest distinction in Antwerp. Fleur's achievements include winning prizes such as the second prize at the Lions Club National Music Competition for Singers 2022, and reaching the semi-finals of the 22nd International Opera Competition Ottavio Ziino 2023 in Italy. She is recognized as 'Young Talent' at prominent Belgian festivals and participated in the Puccini Festival Academy.

Lunchtime concerts

Lunchtime concerts are a delicious break in the middle of your day, and you can take this literally! An hour of lovely music in our Small Hall. From piano recitals to chamber music and wind instruments, we offer a varied and refreshing programme. Because we think it's important to offer a stage to budding talent, you'll find recently graduated musicians and competition winners performing for you.

After the concert

Of course, a lunchtime concert is not complete without a tasty lunch. Therefore, you will can enjoy a tasty homemade soup and delicious fresh bread in the City Foyer after the concert. You can order this directly with your ticket!


Ludwig Van Beethoven - Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123 "Ich liebe dich"
Hugo Wolf  - Goethe Lieder: No. 29 Anakreons Grab
Hugo Wolf  - Verschwiegene Liebe (Eichendorff Lieder, No. 3)
Hugo Wolf  - Elfenlied (Mörike lieder, No. 16)
August De Boeck - Frissons de fleurs
August De Boeck  - C’est en toi, bien-aimée
Claude Debussy - Proses Lyriques: De Rêve
Samuel Barber  - Poems of the wind: I. Little Children of the Wind    
Samuel Barber  - Poems of the wind: II. Longing            
Samuel Barber - Sure On This Shining Night (Op. 13, No. 3)
Richard Strauss  - Die Nacht (Op. 10, No. 3)
Richard Strauss - Morgen
Richard Strauss  - Cäcilie (Op. 27, No. 2)