Festival Oude Muziek

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Festival Oude Muziek
A regiment of trumpeters on horseback perform in Domplein, the square in the ruins of St. Martin's Cathedral.
GenreEarly music
DatesLate August – early September
Location(s)Utrecht, Netherlands
Years active1982–present
Attendanceapprox. 70,000 (2019)[1]

The Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht ("Utrecht Early Music Festival") is an annual music festival that showcases and celebrates early European art music. The ten-day festival takes place in the Dutch city of Utrecht, and begins in August. The programme includes concerts, activities, lectures, exhibitions, and a symposium.[citation needed]

The primary venue is TivoliVredenburg, which opened in 2014. TivoliVredenburg is on the former site of an earlier music venue, Muziekcentrum Vredenburg. The Muziekcentrum was the festival's primary venue until it was demolished in 2008, to allow for new construction. The main concert hall of the Muziekcentrum was subsumed into the TivoliVredenburg.[2]

Each year, the festival's organisers adopt a theme, which focuses on a particular place, time, and style in early music. The theme shapes not only the style and musical repertoire of the performances, but also the period instruments used.

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  1. ^ "Utrecht Early Music Festival concludes with an increase in ticket sales". oudemuziek.nl. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  2. ^ Staff writer (1 October 2013). "TivoliVredenburg in juni 2014 open". Architectenweb (in Dutch). Architectenweb BV. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.

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