28 November 2019

Award Ceremony Erasmus Prize 2019

15:30 – 17:30

Festive presentation of the Erasmus Prize 2019 in the Royal Palace Amsterdam. By invitation only.

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28 November 2019

Concert – Spot on John Adams


The New Ensemble, conducted by Ed Spanjaard, presents a programme with new and older work by like-minded composers and, of course, by John Adams himself. In addition, the young Dutch composer Rick van Veldhuizen, has composed a short tribute to John Adams. Soloists are Anna voor de Wind, clarinet and Paolo Gorini, piano.

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29 November 2019

John Adams Masterclass composition – The sound of the future


Student ensembles of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague perform three new compositions of up-and-coming talent. John Adams talks to the young composers about the technical side of composing and about their role as composers in today’s world.

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30 November 2019

John Adams about jazz – It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing


Andrea van Pol interviews John Adams about his sources of inspiration, musical memories and the influence of the Californian landscape on his music. John Adams also talks to students and teachers about the influence of jazz and pop culture on his work. With performances by ensembles of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

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1 December 2019

John Adams in film – Io Sono l’Amore


In the Italian feature film ‘Io Sono l’Amore’ (2009, 120 minutes, Dutch subtitles) the soundtrack with music by John Adams is an integral part of the film – an Italian family drama starring Tilda Swinton. Before the screening, film music specialist Michel Schöpping will discuss how music and film reinforce each other and what role John Adams’ music plays in this.

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27 May 2020

Award Ceremony Dissertation Prizes 2020

16:00 – 18:00

The festive presentation of the five Dissertation Prizes of 2020 will take place on May 27 at the KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam.

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