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Schnitger's Dream: The Sounds of Rothko

Schnitger's Dream Concert

Since the acclaimed exhibition in the Gemeente Museum in The Hague in 2015, American artist Mark Rothko’s popularity is on the rise in the Netherlands. On Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April Rothko’s mysterious paintings will be linked to music.

On Friday April 8 you can listen to The sounds of Rothko, contemplative organ music by composer Morton Feldman. New York born Feldman was a friend of Rothko’s who painted pictures with music. Video Collective Werc projects Rothko images digitally to the music of John Cage. Dutch composer Mark van Platen gives a musical resumé of his visit in ‘After visiting Rothko’. A dramatic counterbalance is the music that Fluxus composer Henning Christiansen wrote for Eurasienstab, a performance by artist Joseph Beuys. The film recording of this unique performance will be shown on a large screen in the Aa Church.

Schnitger’s Dream

This concert is part of the Schnitger’s Dream series of organ concerts, whose leitmotif is ‘tradition and renewal’. The Aa Church boasts an organ made by the acclaimed organ builder from Hamburg, Arp Schnitger (1648-1719). After a lengthy restoration project the famous organ could be heard again for the first time in years in 2011 at a successful festival. The programme proves that the organ – contrary to popular belief – is a contemporary instrument with the potential to appeal to a wide audience.

8.15 p.m. Introduction

9 p.m.      Concert/film

Johan Luijmes - organ
Hayo Boerema - organ
Werc - visuals

Admission: € 15,-. Tickets available online at the upper right hand side of this page and at the Godert Walter bookshop or the Van der Velde bookshop (Akerkhof) 

Click here for more information about the concert on Saturday 9 April.

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