Candlelight Concert: Marco Danesi & Helikon Quartet

September 19

Hundreds of burning candles and the wonderful acoustics in the Portuguese Synagogue set the stage for unique evening concerts. Tonight’s concert starts in meditative dreams, is followed by klezmer, and ends with the rejuvenating power of dance.

For this occasion, the Italian clarinetist Marco Danesi is joined by the Helikon Quartet, four string players that have been playing many Dutch venues and festivals since 2015. The program consists of two half-hour pieces.

The first piece, by the Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, is inspired by the ‘dreams and prayers’ of Isaac the Blind (ca. 1160–1235), a French rabbi and mystic. Golijov incorporated elements from klezmer and Jewish prayers such as the Unetaneh Tokef and Avinu Malkeinu.

The second piece, by the British-American David Bruce, is inspired by music that emerged during oppression, like Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, which was written in a concentration camp in 1940-41. Bruce celebrates the rejuvenating power of dance, including the ‘gumboot dances’ conceived by black miners in South Africa under Apartheid.

Osvaldo Golijov (*1960), The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994)
David Bruce (*1970), Gumboots (2008)

Marco Danesi, clarinet
Helikon Quartet: Stella Zake, violin; Marieke Kosters, violin; Lotus de Vries, viola; Renate Apperloo, cello

Admission: € 22.00

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