Internationally acclaimed Belgian chanteuse, Micheline Van Hautem
will be performing for one night only at The J Theatre, Noosa Heads on
March 26, 2011. Ms Van Hautem will be joined by Australian guitarist Ben
Hauptmann as she sings a selection of works - made famous by the
legendary singer-songwriter Jacques Brel - in French, Flemish and
La Musique of Jacques Brel will be presented by The Noosa Longweekend Festival as a precursor to its 10th anniversary celebrations. The 10-day, Noosa Longweekend Festival will be staged from 17-26 June, 2011.
Ms Van Hautem has played to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival (winning a prestigious Herald Angel Award), the Sydney Opera House, enjoyed two sell out seasons at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and in 2009, completed a 60 date European tour with fellow keeper of the Brel flame (and Jacques Brel's nephew), Bruno Brel.
The Noosa performance will include a selection of Ms Van Hautem's favourite Brel pieces including Ne Me Quitte Pas, The Port of Amsterdam, Seasons in the Sun, Mathilde, Marieke and Bruxelles amongst others.
Micheline Van Hautem "La Musique of Jacques Brel"
26 March 2011
* Tickets $55
* Tickets on sale February 28th and can be purchased from The J Theatre - online, over the phone or at the box office.
* Phone: (07) 5455 4455 OR 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads.
Micheline Van Hautem - Micheline Van Hautem, born and raised in Ghent, stepped out into the vast world of music ten years ago, armed with only her voice and her guitar. Her first stop was New York, a melting pot of inspiring nationalities and cultures. To set her apart from other grand performers in the city, the Belgian born, Dutch/Flemish/French speaking muse sang songs primarily in French, in particular Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. It wasn't long before she found herself performing sold out concerts with her band Mich en Scene at The Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan. As a result of the CD, Songs of Jacques Brel (2001), recorded with Mich en Scene in The Netherlands, she toured extensively in local theatres from New York to Amsterdam and was a welcome guest at radio and TV shows.
The Songs of Jacques Brel led her to Edinburgh --where she was honoured with the prestigious Herald Angel Award then on to Australia, where she and accordionist Frederik Caelen performed their CD Madame, an ode to inspiring women, to packed audiences. During their second international tour, they received standing ovations, twice selling out the Sydney Opera House. In Europe, Madame was enthusiastically received, selling out the Concert Hall in Amsterdam.
Micheline's travels throughout the world inspired her to begin writing original songs. Her intros and explanations of her French repertoire blossomed into fully-fledged songs like City of Diamonds and Zimbabwe. Micheline's self-willed song programs have gained widespread recognition on the international podia. Her most recent project, Chocolat, is a carefully chosen selection of songs that Micheline has written or passionately interpreted. Micheline has performed Chocolat in theatres world wide, from Amsterdam to New York.
Ben Hauptmann - Ben Hauptmann is nationally recognized jazz guitarist. Winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and finishing 2nd in the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 2007. He also plays the Mandolin, Banjo and Pipa (Chinese Lute) as well as the Tiple and Charango (traditional instruments from South America). Ben is the current guitarist for Katie Noonan and the Captains and Lior. He is also involved in the bands Bertie Blackman, The Alcohotlicks, The Translators, King Curly, Wanderlust, Sydney All Star Big Band, John Morrison's New Generation, Exposed Bone, Son Veneno and James Morrison's Band and the Steve Hunter Trio. He has worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company and performed with Michelle Nicole, Gian Slater and Gerry Hale among others. Ben recorded with the 10 guitar project, commissioned by ABC classic FM for Jazztrack.
In 2010, Ben is regularly playing around Melbourne performing with his band 'Bob', 'Bopstretch' a bebop ensemble; 'Porchlight' with Andrea Keller, as well as Sydney bands 'Steve Hunters -- 9 Lives' and Dale Barlow's band.
What the critics have said:
"Short of major surgery, cancel whatever you have on tonight and hear Micheline Van Hautem" Sydney Morning Herald
"If the key to Cabaret is engaging with the audience, then Belgian singer Micheline Van Hautem has perfected the art.... A performer with the ability to grab hold of audiences and transport them to another world." The Adelaide Review
Her voice, by turns caressing and corrupting, unadorned by tricks, sometimes even dispensing with the microphone altogether, evokes in the listener that kind of euphoria which comes from being in the presence of someone completely in command of their material, idiom and instrument. ....She is, simply, fabulous. The London Times (5 stars)
Presenting sponsor- Macquarie
Festival sponsor -- Tourism Noosa
2011 The Noosa Longweekend Festival
01 March 2011
World class chanteuse to perform at Noosa for one night only -- March 26, 2011 "La Musique of Jacques Brel"
The J, Noosa Junction
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