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Frank’s friends’ table

April 27th, 2010

Filed under: MUSIC


One of my favourite monthly activities is going along to the Meneer Frits café with all my friends (mostly aged 60 and up) and sitting to listen to musicologist Frank de Munnik talk about music. In between telling us stories about great (and obscure) composers, he plays us excerpts and asks us what we think or feel about the music. And it’s free! Once a month, on a Tuesday night mostly, this lecturer from the Utrecht Conservatorium, takes a train to Eindhoven to talk to a bunch of music-lovers about something he loves too.

Topics have been broad, from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, to 20th century music and the world of Stravinsky, or Chopin in Paris. Later this month he’ll talk about Philip Glass, who’s coming to town and giving a concert of the Music in 12 parts on 16 May.

Frank's friends, even if it looks photoshopped

The last time we were there, Frank came over to us. He said something like “You are the youngest people here,” to which we all giggled modestly. (All sitting there were shy of 40). He said “You guys are regulars. Why do you come to these lectures?” We told him we were interested in his stories, and that I had studied music in Australia, but also that it was good for our Dutch. He laughed. “I don’t have a standard Dutch accent, you know.” We didn’t mind, it’s all educational in many ways. And for me, it keeps me connected and inspired about my musical life. We couldn’t miss a photo opportunity. Frank’s a great storyteller and if you want to brush up on your Dutch and learn a bit more about music, then come to a Vriendentafel sometime.

Next Vriendentafel date: Tuesday 11 May, 8.30pm
Location: Meneer Frits café, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 3, Eindhoven
Entry: Free
Language: Dutch only

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