Maestro Jules Reveals: classical music for everyone
A new, young audience is suddenly discovering the beauty of classical music. With his exhilarating new concert formula, Maestro Jules proves that classical music is far from dull or obscure, but rather very exciting and fun. He has already presented this concept on multiple European stages very successfully, with a growing number of participating orchestras and enthusiastic audiences.
The formula of “Maestro Jules Reveals” is both simple and effective: Maestro Jules begins by explaining the structure and background of a famous classical masterwork. His style and approach is charismatic, entertaining, energetic and full of humour. It has earned him the nickname “The Stand-up Conductor”.
Explaining a scale with the aid of balloons….
Maestro Jules interacts with the audience and interviews members of the orchestra, lucidlydemonstrating the beauty of the music, the structure and, background of the compositions, and the process of interactig with his musicians.
An audience member is challenged to conduct the beginning of the piece…
The orchestra (in casual ‘rehearsal’dress) is present on stage illustrating and underscoring Maestro Jules’ story by performing fragments, solos and other, sometimes very diverse, musical examples. A large screen behind the orchestra displays images explaining and illustrating both work and composer, and contemporary icons and symbols are used to help the audience navigate the content and structure of the music.
Icons help us to understand…
After the intermission, the work in question is performed integrally,without interruptions, with both the conductor and the orchestra in full concert attire, while the projections on the screen guide the audience, so that they are never “lost in the music” but “know exactly where they are”.
After intermission: The Concert.
Through this entertaining, inviting, illuminating but ultimately deeply serious format, thousands of people who have never listened to live classical music before are introduced to something completely new in the concert hall: “Understanding Music through New Ears”.
About Maestro Jules
With expertise that includes commandeering some three dozen renowned orchestras and opera houses around the world, award-winning Dutch-based musician and orchestral leader Jules van Hessen also offers career experience as a CD and DVD recording artist, lecturer and radio host. He has served as Artistic Director of the Netherlands Theatre Orchestra since its founding in 1987, where his ongoing acclaim has fostered the introduction of his own series conducting and explaining the genesis and structure of the orchestral masterpieces that are performed. The series is now performed in many concert halls (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht) by different Dutch and German Orchestras. The success of this concept (Maestro Jules Reveals) has led to three prime-time broadcasts with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra on Dutch Public Televison (AVROTROS).
Van Hessen is an expert and an Ambassador of Jewish music: he was conductor of the PBS-production “Cantors, a Faith in Song” which was recorded in the beautiful, ancient Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam and was broadcast nationwide in the USA.
He has formulated numerous novel and entertaining lecture series for businesses, including “The conductor as manager, the manager as conductor,” and has been a longtime host on Dutch Public Classical Radio (NTR).
Van Hessen earnt his academic credentials from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where instructors included Edward Downes, Lionel Friend, Peter Eötvös, Karl Oesterreicher and Gennadi Rozhdjestvensky. Since, he has been awarded the Silver Flower at the San Remo International Competition, Second Prize & Orchestra Prize at the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, and the Laureate prize for the Igor Stravinsky Conducting Competition in Austria. He was chosen to conduct the final Gala Concert at the Dutch (NOS) International Conductors Course and remains the first Dutch conductor to ever be invited to the People’s Republic of China.
He has worked in Italy, France, Denmark, Belgium, the U.K., Germany, Austria, the U.S., China, the Middle East and Mexico, conducting alongside such artists as Frank Peter Zimmerman, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Pepe Romero, Nelson Freire, Behzod Abduraimov and Giora Feidman. Van Hessen’s critically acclaimed recordings include the complete works of Danish composer Bent Sörensen. Last April he has toured Israe with the Philips Symphony Orchestra, of which he has been the chief conductor from 1987. This “Building Bridges”tour consisted of concerts in Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv (Opera House).
Orchestras, repertoire and contact
- Het Gelders Orkest (Arnhem Philharmonic)
- Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
- North Netherlands Orchestra
- Neue Philharmonie Westfalen ( 2017-2018)
- Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic) (2017-2020)
- Maestro Jules Orchestra (2017-2018)
- Philips Symphony Orchestra (2017-2018)
Repertoire for the Maestro Jules Reveals concerts
- Beethoven Symphonies 1,3, 5, 7
- Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (2020)
- Brahms Symphony nr. 2 and 3
- Bruch Violin concerto
- Dvorak Symphonies nr. 8 and 9
- Grieg Piano concerto (2018)
- Mahler Symphony nr. 1
- Mozart Symphony nr. 40
- Mendelssohn Symphony nr. 3
- Rachmaninov Piano concerto nr. 2
- Rimsky Korsakov Sheherazade (2019)
- Saint Saens Carnaval des Animaux (2019)
- Shostakovich Symphony nr. 5 Shostakovitch
- Symphony nr. 7 Leningrad (2019)
- Stravinsky The Firebird
- Stravinsky Petrushka
- Tchaikovsky Symphony nr. 1 Winterdreams
- Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
- Tchaikovsky Symphony nr. 4
- Tchaikovsky Symphony nr. 6 (2020)
- Vivaldi The Four Seasons