|Sunday March 1, 2015 - 11.00 hours| The day of the ingenious organ
'The day of the ingenious organ' is a collaboration of the Huygens-Fokker Foundation, the Muziekgebouw and the Orgelpark, wherein the computer-controlled organ is put in the spotlight. There will be a concert in the morning and in the afternoon, respectively in the Small Hall of the Muziekgebouw (11.00 hours) and at the Orgelpark (14.15 hours). Especially for this day Masato Suzuki will return to the unique Fokker organ as a guest performer. Besides J.S. Bach in meantone tuning, he will perform a new work of Rose Dodd. You can order tickets at the Muziekgebouw. Read more about the concert.
|Sunday Jan. 18, 2015 - 11.00 hours | Anniversary: 65 years Fokker organ
In 2015 it will be 65 years since the Fokker organ was built by organ builder Pels, after which it was placed in the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. In 2009, this unique instrument came to be at the current spot in the Muziekgebouw. Time to celebrate this fact with a cross section of the rich and distinctive repertoire of the 31-tone organ of Adriaan Fokker. The program include early music by Michelangelo Rossi and contemporary works by composers such as Danny de Graan, Peter Schat and Sebastian Dumitrescu. In short, an anniversary concert with a festive program. Tickets can be ordered at the Muziekgebouw.
In memoriam Bob Gilmore, 1961-2015
Friday January 2, 2015 musicologist and musician Bob Gilmore deceased at the age of 53. For years Bob was a member of the board of the Huygens-Fokker Foundation, editor emeritus of the Thirty-One Journal and above all a very warm and endearing man. As a pleader of microtonal music he was a specialist in the field of the music of Harry Partch, Ben Johnston and Horatiu Radulescu. Known is his book Harry Partch: a
biography (Yale University Press, 1998). As a musician he was performing with Trio Scordatura. In recent years, he was among others working at the Brunel University in London and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. We will miss him very much...
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|Sunday Oct. 16, 2014 - 11.00 | Notes between Keys | Ensemble SCALA |
The notes that are in theory 'between the keys of the piano' can certainly be played on the Fokker-organ and the Carrillo-piano, which counts 96 tones in an octave. During this concert Ensemble SCALA will perform a lot of these notes. For example, the program includes the premiere of a new composition for ensemble of the Italian composer Lucio Garau, the old master Nicola Vicentino and the Québec composer François-Gabriel Madden. Tickets for this concert can be ordered at the Muziekgebouw. Read more.
The Fokker organ needed a restoration badly. It had to be reassembled, renovated and rebuilt into a modern organ. Requests haven been sent to various funds. The Huygens-Fokker Foundation needed these financial aids, because otherwise this unique 31-tone organ would be in danger of being lost. The plan was to place the Fokker organ definitively above the glass wall of the BAM Zaal in the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam. A better location could not have been wished for. In this room one will be able to enjoy, through concerts and educational projects, music specially composed for the instrument and the unique musical heritage that Christiaan Huygens (proponent of the 31-tone system) has initiated in the Netherlands. Read more