Thu 24.11.2022, 20h - 22h

LUCA Campus Lemmens, Leuven

Chamber Music Hall

Against the Flood


Meta Ensemble

Cédric Delvaux, saxophone
Judith Soumillion, harp
Xavier Timmermans, viola

What do the work of a young composer that represents the unique constellation of Meta Ensemble and an opera about an Afro-American community which for the first time shows a cast of black actors, have in common?

What is the relationship between a piece that was initially received as ‘nice to have written, not to listen to’, but is now seen as the first initiative within contemporary music aiming at a free constellation of three instruments?

What is the similarity between an Englishman’s lamentation on his Irish friends who died during the Irish Independency War and a collection of works from a composer who focused on popular music in order to earn his living, although he would rather experiment?

It is repertoire that is pioneering, revolutionary as it were, for the time in which it was written. In Against the flood, anecdotes about the context are added to these unusual pieces, played by an ensemble that is unique in its kind: saxophone, viola and harp. It is clear that Meta Ensemble dares to frequent unknown areas…


Christos Kavour: Miniéturas

George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Michel Lysight: Chronography III

Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio

Dimitri Sjostakovitsj: Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano (arrangement for saxophone, harp and violin)

LUCA in concert

LUCA organizes about 25 concerts every year. Solo recitals, chamber music, choral and orchestral works as well as the large symphonic repertoire from a period spanning more than four centuries are alternately discussed.

In addition to these concerts, you can also regularly see students at work during bachelor's and master's theses and on concert theses. These are freely accessible to the public.