Classical music with full orchestras are just as popular as jazz concerts and other contemporary styles and takes centre stage in multiple venues around the city. You will find a plethora of orchestral performances, symphonies, sonatas and recitals in the weekly Entertainment Listings. Performances from the Belgian National Orchestra, the Liege Philharmonic, Charlemange Orchestra and a whole host of soloists from all over Belgium play regularly in the capital of Brussels.
The centre of Fine Arts or Palais des Beaux-Arts may have a bizarre name but it is one of the most popular centres for the arts in Brussels. The Bozar hosts: exhibitions, concerts, films, stage performances, dance performances and orchestra performances throughout the year. The building, located at 23 Rue Ravenstein, was designed by Victor Horta with an art deco twist and serves as a bustling centre of cultural activity.
The Royal Music Conservatoire and the Musical Instruments Museum
The Royal Music Conservatory Brussels is one of the main sources of classical music performances in Brussels. One of their alternative venues is at the Musical Instruments Museum located just down the road at 2 Rue Montange de la Cour. The annual agenda of events is listed each month. www.conservatoire.be
Eglise des Minimes
Home to the orchestra and choir of Chapel of Minims (Chapelle des Minimes) at the St. Jean and Etienne church, which has its back to the Palais du Justice. For 25 years, they have performed cantatas of J.C. Bach. The performers are a mix of amateurs who have completed formal musical education at a conservatory. Find listings of their next concerts in the Entertainment Listings or at their website.