Pop and classical in perfect unison

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Son Lux, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

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Son Lux is an American pop artist currently storming the international scene with his eponymous trio. His distinctive arrangements and avant-pop songs betray his solid classical background. His music is rooted in folk and American avant-garde, notably Charles Ives, one of the founders of American experimental music, as one of his inspirations. This concert themed ‘pop-art’ will see Son Lux performing pieces together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Soprano Claron McFadden will join them to sing a track by Son Lux and some other songs. Expect orchestral repertoire as well as new work by Son Lux offering a musical glimpse into the future

16 June: 8.15 p.m. - lecture, 9.15 p.m. - concert
17 June: 8.15 p.m. - concert 


Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Three Places in New England (1911/1914)


Son Lux (1979)


(arr. Jules Buckley)


Son Lux  (1979)
The Swift And The Storm 

(arr. Jules Buckley)


George Crumb (1929)
Star-Child: first 3 movements (1977)


Andrew Norman (1979)
Unstuck (2008)


Son Lux is the stage name of American singer and producer Ryan Lott (1979). Combining rock melodies with synthesizers, electro, hiphop and triphop beats, his music is often labelled as post-rock. Chicago-based online music magazine Pitchfork described his music as 'a unique link between musical worlds which seldom touch'. 

From 2007 to 2012, while working in New York as a composer of commercial music, he released the albums At War with Walls & Mazes (2008), We Are Rising (2011) and the EP Weapons (2010) . Since 2012, he has predominantly worked on his own projects. In 2013, his third album Lanterns was released, followed in 2014 by his EP Alternate World. On his most recent album Bones (2015) Lott is supported by drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bathia. Lott has also worked with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti as part of the Sisyphus collective, releasing their EP Beak & Claw in 2012 and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in 2013. Lott has also written film music, including the soundtracks to The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013) and Papertown (2015). Since 2014, he has frequently worked with large ensembles such as the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. 

The German conductor André de Ridder (1971) studied in Vienna under Leopold Hager and in London under Sir Colin Davis. While still studying, he was appointed Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In the 2005-2006 season, he was Assistant Conductor for the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. De Ridder is known for his eclectic programmes and projects, which aim to engender a dialogue between different musical styles and genres. He has worked with such contemporary music specialists as Ensemble Musikfabrik, but also with the band Gorillaz, the Danish indie rockband Efterklang and jazz musician Uri Caine. In 2012, De Ridder formed stargaze, an international ensemble of young musicians who break down the barriers between pop, classical, electronic and contemporary music.  

De Ridder is frequently active in Great Britain, where he is a regular guest of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, the BBC Philharmonic and the Britten Sinfonia. He has been a guest conductor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg and the Camerata Salzburg. He has also frequently performed at the Holland Festival. He directed 2001: A Space Odyssey and Sunken Garden (both in 2013). In 2013 he played violin in Brooklyn to Berlin together with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and Lee Ranaldo. In January 2016 he made his debut as conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

As an opera conductor, De Ridder's productions have included works by Mozart, Janáček, and Henze. He conducted the English premier of Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at the English National Opera in 2005, the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Drei Frauen at Theater Basel in 2009 and the premiere of Donnacha Dennehys' The Last Hotel at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival. In 2016 De Ridder is leading The Dutch National Opera in the world premiere of Only the Sound Remains: two operas by Kaija Saariaho which have been combined into one performance by Peter Sellars. 

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the very best orchestras in the world, due to its unique sound and stylistic flexibility. Mariss Jansons was welcomed as the orchestra's sixth chief conductor in 2004. Serving before him in that capacity were Willem Kes (1888-1895), Willem Mengelberg (1895-1945), Eduard van Beinum (1945-1959), Bernard Haitink (1961-1988) and Riccardo Chailly (1988-2004). The orchestra has its own in-house label, RCO Live. In 2013 RCO Universe was launched, an innovative online application with enhanced concert recordings for iPad and iPhone.



Charles Ives, Son Lux, George Crumb, Andrew Norman
arranger Son Lux songs
Jules Buckley
André de Ridder
Claron McFadden
principal trombone
Jörgen van Rijen
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Holland Festival

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