In the early morning the Oude Kerk is a meditative oasis in the city, with an enervating sunrise coming through the high church windows. At this early hour you can enjoy the Silence music programme, a contemplative counterpoint to a hectic city centre.
silence #11: franck krawczyk
On Friday 6 April, there is a concert by composer Franck Krawczyk in the context of the current exhibition NA (after) by Christian Boltanski. Krawczyk not only tries to connect with the exhibition, but also with the Oude Kerk’s old concert tradition. For the occasion he composed a ‘walking concert’ by the name of VOOR (before), for 18 cellists, three soloists, a children’s choir and a soundtrack.
For this, Krawczyk arranged musical material by Gustav Mahler, Henri Dutilleux and Sweelinck. He also made an adapted version of his own composition NADA, based on a text by Juan de la Cruz: he who seeks, will not find – he who gives up the search, will find. The title VOOR could just as well be NA, according to Krawczyk: the concert takes place after the night and before the day.
French composer Franck Krawczyk has been collaborating for many years with artist Christian Boltanski on, among other things, his exhibition Monumenta at the Grand Palais (2010) and at the Venice Biennale (2011). In 2016, his composition Après premiered, written on behalf of the New York Philharmonic on the recommendation of composer Henri Dutilleux. In 2011, Dutilleux decided to share the prestigious Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music with three other composers: Anthony Cheung, Peter Eötvös and Franck Krawczyk. In the Netherlands, Krawczyk could already be heard at the Holland Festival, in collaboration with ICK/Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.
Franck Krawczyk – composition, accordeon
Klaartje van Veldhoven – soprano
Matteo Imbruno – transept organ
Tjakina Oosting – solo cello
Cassandra Luckhardt, Anne Korff de Gidts, Magrita Rondeel & Jur de Vries – cello
The cello section of the Amsterdams Studenten Orkest Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Het Splendor Kinderkoor (children choir)
music in the oude kerk
The Oude Kerk boasts an impressive musical history and in the sixteenth century, the church was one of the first places in Northern Europe where audiences could enjoy public concerts. In November 2016, the Oude Kerk launched Silence, a music programme series in the early morning that ties in with the Oude Kerk’s art programme and the context of a monumental building. As of 2018, the Oude Kerk is open every first Friday of the month at 08:00, with a concert almost every month.
11: frank krawczyk
6 April 2018, 08:00 – 09:00
oude kerk, oudekerksplein (redlight disctrict), amsterdam
price: 10 euro’s (online tickets) (free entrance with museumcard, we are public and Friends pass)
image: maarten nauw