Music for Empty Spaces by Heather Pinkham
In this new edition of Music for Empty Spaces in the Muziekgebouw, Pinkham asks nine colleagues from diverse backgrounds to reflect on dying, death and mourning. Music, as the language of the unspeakable, can help us talk about the inevitable end that is part and parcel of life.
What comes after death? The mystery of our final journey is as old as mankind itself. But unlike our ancestors, we prefer not to reflect on it too much. And that’s a shortcoming, composer Heather Pinkham believes. Pinkham organised the first edition of Music for Empty Spaces during the coronavirus crisis, streamed live from the Muziekgebouw. The programme was a success, was watched worldwide, and was even repeated live in front of an audience. The second edition's theme follows naturally from the first: as nine composers reflected on living in isolation back then, death is now the subject of reflection. Once again, the performance is in the hands of first-class Dutch musicians.
Echoes of Nothing
Inspired by the quote 'Everything is an echo of nothing' by composer John Cage, three students from the Amsterdam Conservatory (Dániel Bolba, Lisa Schreiber and Sean Haid) are curating their own concert series. The mini-concerts reflect on concerts from the programming in the Main Hall and offer a new perspective on the concert experience. Monthly side program in collaboration with Conservatorium van Amsterdam
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