Early in the morning the Oude Kerk is a meditative oasis in the city, with an enervating sunrise that casts light through the church’s towering windows. At this early hour you can enjoy the Silence music programme, which provides a contemplative contrast to the normally hectic city centre.
After 5 years of restoration, the Vater-Müller organ was completely restored in May 2019. It sounds prominent during this first Silence concert in a special adaptation of Building by Philip Glass for organ and 4 saxophones, and in the grand Passacaglia by Johann Sebastian Bach. In addition, music from Sweelinck is heard: the Chromatic Fantasy of Sweelinck, played on the transept organ, and an adaptation of Sweelinck’s Psalm 149 by Artvark Saxophone Quartet, created as a commission as part of the benefit concert Playing the Cathedral on 11 May.
The Silence # 21 musicians are Laurens de Man (organ) and Artvark Saxophone Quartet (Rolf Delfos (alto saxophone), Bart Wirtz (alto saxophone), Mete Erker (tenor saxophone) and Peter Broekhuizen (baritone saxophone).
upcoming silence concerts
August 2, 2019
Organist and composer Jacob Lekkerkerker: Cathedral Mobile, with Alfredo Genovesi, Oene van Geel and Gareth Davis.
September 6, 2019
La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura, by Luigo Nono. Diamanda Dramm, violin, Wouter Snoei, sound direction.
October 4, 2019
Organist James McVinnie, with Bach, Pärt and new compositions for organ and electronics.
5 July 2019, 08:00 – 09:00 a.m.
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein (de wallen), Amsterdam
photographer: maarten nauw