playing the cathedral – concerts 12 may

12 May 2019

On May 12, 2019, you can enjoy one-off concerts in the Oude Kerk all day long. This concert series is dedicated to the recently restored Vater-Müller organ. Nicolás Jaar, Philip Glass, James McVinnie, Leo van Doeselaar, Nederlands Kamerkoor and other top musicians bring their own compositions and work by classical composers. The tickets are limited, so book your tickets now. You can find more information about the future of music in the Oude Kerk on

06:00-09:00 am improvisation session by Nicolás Jaar (SOLD OUT)
12:00 am orgelmatinee Leo van Doeselaar, music by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart
02:15 pm live concert Philip Glass (Artvark and Nederlands Kamerkoor) (SOLD OUT)
04:00-07:00 pm improvisation session by Nicolás Jaar (SOLD OUT)
08:00 pm orgelrecital James McVinnie with music by Bach, Glass
10:00-01:00 pm improvisation session by Nicolás Jaar (SOLD OUT)


nicolás jaar (SOLD OUT)
Nicolás Jaar will be present 3 x 3 hours in the Oude Kerk on 12 May. During that time he makes new work and uses fragments from earlier work that was composed during his artist-in-residency here. For three blocks of three hours he uses the newly restored Vater-Müller organ, the transept organ, the acoustic resonance of the building and electronics. Music in deep dialogue with the gothic space of the Oude Kerk. Nicolás Jaar’s improvisations sessions sounds in the early morning of 12 May, from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM, in the afternoon from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and in the late evening from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Access only on presentation of a valid ticket at that time. The last tickets for the sessions by Nicolás Jaar are now online!

james mcvinnie
James McVinnie plays the organ recital in the evening. This famous young organist is the former organist of Westminster Abbey in London and collaborates with some of the world’s leading composers, producers and artists. For example, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson and artist Martin Creed wrote compositions for him. On 12 May McVinnie will perform music by Bach and Philip Glass, among others.

leo van doeselaar
At 12 o’clock the matinee concert sounds with Leo van Doeselaar, organist of Het Concertgebouw. Van Doeselaar gives concerts worldwide, and collaborates with the leading classical orchestras, conductors and musicians of our time. During the matinee concert on 12 May you can enjoy music from Vivaldi, an arrangement by Bach, and a large organ fantasy by Mozart.

philip glass (SOLD OUT)
On Sunday 12 May you can enjoy a special live concert by Philip Glass in the Oude Kerk. Glass plays the Vater-Müller organ and brings The Building from the opera Einstein on the Beach, in collaboration with the Artvark Saxophone Quartet. In addition, other parts from Einstein on the Beach sound, with the Nederlands Kamerkoor conducted by James McVinnie, speaking voice Claron McFadden. the American composer Mad Rush plays the solo in a special arrangement for organ.


playing the cathedral
12 May 219, 06:00 a.m. – 01:00 a.m.
oude kerk, oudekerksplein (wallen), amsterdam
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