DSMG Krashna Musika

Krashna Musika! Or in other words: ‘Lovely Music’ ! Consisting of a symphony orchestra, a choir and several chamber music ensembles we are the student society for classical music in Delft. What do we have in common? That we enjoy playing beautiful music together. And that we like to have a good time!

Each year, under the guidance of our two professional and enthusiastic conductors, we give at least two big concerts with the symphonic orchestra and the choir. What we play varies from world-renowned pieces to unfamiliar diamonds in the world of classical music. In the past years for example we have performed works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Puccini, Fauré and Bach, but we have also surprised our audience with modern classical music such as a Czech ‘musical’ by Martinů and a wonderful requiem by Daley, which really gave everybody goose bumps. And let’s not forget: at our last lustrum we brought the opera Carmen by Bizet to live with musicians and actors in five virtually sold-out performances at the Auditorium of the TU Delft.

Besides the symphonic orchestra and the choir we also have a chamber orchestra and a chamber choir. These offer our more advanced members the opportunity to rise to the challenge and musically develop themselves even more. The chamber orchestra and the chamber choir have their own special concert programmes.

Furthermore we organize chamber music evenings at X and lunch concerts at the faculties of the TU Delft, where our members can perform self-selected pieces with music ensembles that they have created for the occasion. Additionally we sing Christmas carols at the always cozy ‘Lichtjesavond’ (‘evening of lights’) in Delft, we perform regularly at the Free Try Out evenings at X and on occasion we perform in the streets to inspire people to attend our upcoming concerts.

Last but not least: every other year we organize an international tour, in which we seize the opportunity to perform for an international audience and have a wonderful time abroad!

The symphonic orchestra and the choir have weekly rehearsals throughout the year (with the exception of holidays). In addition we have for each big concert a fun and intensive rehearsal weekend with everybody. One of these weekends takes place at a large farmers complex in the province of Noord-Brabant, were can go wild musically and in other ways, without being disturbed.

Besides making music we love doing other fun things together. After the rehearsals we have drinks together, we often organize parties and every so often a formal ball, and once year we go on a sailing week together in the province of Friesland.

Furthermore we of course have lots of fun committees in which our members take part, such as the committee for our magazine (the Krakra), the committee for selecting new repertoire (the RepCie), the Activities Committee, which organizes parties and other entertaining activities, and many other committees.

Do you enjoy playing music and having fun with a lot of nice people?

Then Krashna Musika might be the society for you! 

DSMG Krashna Musika

Type
International/Culture

Target audience
Bachelor/Master/PhD/PD Eng

Projects

Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra members regularly organise chamber orchestra projects as well. With KrashKO (Krashna Chamber Orchestra), members play in a smaller orchestra conducted by varying (young) conductors. With challenging programs (from Beethoven to Poulenc), special children concerts (Peter and the Wolf) and a compact rehearsal schedule, these projects are always especially awesome. Recent programmes are Haydn’s farewell symphony, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Beethoven’s 5th symphony.

Chamber Choir

The Krashna Chamber Choir is a small group of about 16 singers who also sing in the Krashna Choir. Since the rehearsal tempo of the chamber choir is higher than that of the choir, the members of the chamber choir are expected to prepare their own parts at home. As a consequence, the chamber choir can invest a lot of time in developing the quality of sound during the rehearsals.

Every project of the chamber choir features classical pieces from many musical periods and composers. They aim to have a different conductor for every concert. Consequently, every project will sound different, corresponding to the interpretation of a different conductor.

Chamber Music Concerts

There are about six chamber music concerts each year, where diverse ensembles of Krashna members perform varying programs. These concerts are open to all public. Furthermore, Krashna organises lunch concerts in some of the faculties of the TU Delft each year, where employees and students of that faculty are also invited to perform. Finally, there is a masterclass each year where Krashna ensembles are coached by professional chamber musicians. These masterclasses are also open to public. To aid members in forming ensembles, Krashna organises a few ensemble formation drinks every year.

Gala

Every once in a while, we like to organise a gala and dress up.

Tour

Once every two years, the choir and orchestra go on tour to locations like Scotland or Vienna.

Sailing Week

Krashna organises a sailing week in Friesland every two years.

Parties

After every last concert of a project, we organise a big party with a creative theme.

Groups

Orchestra

The orchestra of 'Delfts Studenten Muziek Gezelschap' Krashna Musika currently has approximately 70 members. It has an occupation of a standard symphony orchestra with which high quality music is performed. The repertoire usually consists of great classical works, but there is room for more modern works. Recent examples are 'Tod und Verklärung' by R. Strauss, the 2nd symphony by Rachmaninoff, the 1st symphony by Mahler and the 2nd symphony by the Dutch composer van Gilse. Krashna gives two concert series every year where both the choir and the orchestra perform. The choir piece is then usually also accompanied by the orchestra (usually in a smaller setting).

Choir

The Krashna choir is a group of about 50 enthusiastic singers. We come together every Wednesday night in order to work a diverse repertoire of classical music and our own singing skills. There is no audition for the choir, so we are looking for both experienced and starting singers. Every year the choir does two or three big projects. By varying the repertoire as much as possible, there is always a new challenge both in studying new notes and mastering a new form of expression. Guided by our capable choir conductor, even the less-experienced singers will be able to sing comfortably, while the choir maintains a high quality of sound. The choir recently sang Mozart’s Requiem, Magnificat by Rutter, Händel’s Messiah and Messa di Gloria by Puccini. Additionally, the choir has performed beautiful a-Capella pieces like the Requiem of Daily.