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Leo Svirsky & Reinier van Houdt

ADE and the Jewish Cultural Quarter present River Without Banks, a composition for two pianos, with Leo Svirsky and Reinier van Houdt. This concert takes place at the Portuguese Synagogue, a seventeenth-century building where only occasionally the hundreds of candles and impressive acoustics form the backdrop of unique concerts.

Leo Svirsky composed River Without Banks inspired by musicologist Henry Orlov (1926-2007), who stated that sacred music, in many traditions and eras, has the same goal: to eliminate the division between the physical and the spiritual—the bank and the river. And not unlike electronic dance music—the focus of ADE—Svirky’s composition uses repeating patterns to create a sense of timelessness.

Reinier van Houdt is one of Europe’s most prominent pianists in contemporary classical music. Next to creating an impressive body of work on his own, he has collaborated with people like John Cage, Annea Lockwoord, ANOHNI and Nick Cave.

N.B. This is a still-operating synagogue; male visitors are asked to cover their heads by wearing a kippah (provided on-site) or a covering (hat, cap) of their own.

Portuguese Synagogue

In the middle of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, you can find the Portuguese Synagogue. The building is still used as a place of worship but is also open to the public. Candlelight concerts are held regularly. The 17th-century interior is still completely intact and is made enormous by candles.

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In the middle of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, you can find the Portuguese Synagogue. The building is still used as a place of worship but is also open to the public. Candlelight concerts are held regularly. The 17th-century interior is still completely intact and is made enormous by candles.

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