silence #16: all souls' day

2 November at Oude Kerk
Curated by Jacob Lekkerkerker.

Join the Oude Kerk on Friday morning November 2, 2018 and enjoy an hour of music between 8-9 a.m.

Silence # 16 is all about All Souls’ Day, an old Christian tradition, where the dead are commemorated. Although the western world is highly secularized, we see a revival of the ritual to reflect once a year on who we lost. All Souls’ Day has a long tradition in the Oude Kerk. On November 2 we commemorate the dead with music by Johannes Ockeghem, Sweelinck, Wolter Wierbos and a quartet formed by Cressida Sharp (soprano), Kaspar Kröner (alto), Joao de Moreira (tenor), Matthew Baker (bass).

silence # 16: all souls’ day
All Souls’ Day is an old Christian tradition, where the dead are commemorated. Although the western world is highly secularized, we see a revival of the ritual to reflect once a year on who we lost. All Souls’ Day has a long tradition in the Oude Kerk, which got new forms of expression in our time. In the summer of 2016, artist Job Koelewijn honored the dead in the Oude Kerk with a sea of flowers. During the exhibition NA in the winter of 2018, the artist Christian Boltanski offered visitors of the Oude Kerk the opportunity to read the names of people buried in the Oude Kerk one by one. That’s how they sounded a summer long, whistling, in the high choir of the church.

At the beginning of All Souls’ Day on 2 November 2018 the first edition of an ‘old church requiem’ takes place, in the morning concert series Silence. A contemporary and spatial reflection on the Death Mass, containing old and new music. Parts from the oldest surviving polyphonic Missa de Profunctis by Johannes Ockeghem and several psalms by Sweelinck, which is buried in the Oude Kerk itself, can be heard. In addition, some contemporary parts, including an improvised Dies Irae by trombonist Wolter Wierbos. The vocal quartet is formed by Cressida Sharp (soprano), Kaspar Kröner (alto), Joao de Moreira (tenor), Matthew Baker (bass).

Music in the old church
The Oude Kerk has an impressive musical history and was in the sixteenth century one of the first places in Northern Europe where you could enjoy public walking concerts. In 2016 the Oude Kerk started the music series Silence; every first every Friday of the month at 8 o’clock. Concerts in connection with the art programming of the Oude Kerk, curated by curator music Jacob Lekkerkerker. In these concerts the Oude Kerk shows itself as a new stage for spatial music: musicians and audiences explore the oldest building in Amsterdam together.

 

silence # 16: all souls’ day
2 November 2018, 08:00 – 09:00 a.m.
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein (de wallen), Amsterdam
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