Bask in the romantic atmosphere of a 1-hour candlelight concert at Amsterdam's Portuguese Synagogue, located in the heart of the city's Jewish Quarter. Once a month, hundreds of burning candles form the backdrop for the concert that showcases everything from Balkan folk to classical concertos. Coupled with the synagogue's renowned acoustics, it's sure to be an incredible evening.
Arrive at central Amsterdam's Portuguese Synagogue up to 30 minutes before the performance and proceed directly to your seat. Take advantage of your early arrival by enjoying the romantic atmosphere of this magnificent 17th-century Sephardic synagogue and its hundreds of burning candles. Once the musicians take the stage, relax and enjoy an enthralling hour-long concert of timeless compositions, brought to the life by the virtuoso players and the synagogue's magnificent acoustics.
Please note: performances vary depending on the evening. The full concert listings are as follows:
Wednesday December 13 (19:30)
David Kweksilber & Friends
The clarinetist-saxophonist from Amsterdam (who plays in the Asko|Schönberg ensemble and leads his own David Kweksilber Big Band) invites his musical friends to play a programme put together especially for the Portuguese Synagogue.
Thursday January 18 (19:30)
The Israeli group Ancient Groove combines Jewish religious music with contemporary influences, classical music, jazz and flamenco.Ancient Groove won the Dutch KUNSTENISRAËL Award 2017 at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam.
Thursday February 22 (19:30)
Trio Benzaiten, which includes musicians from France, Belarus and Canada, will perform Charlotte, le per aux boutons d'or, a programme dedicated to artist Charlotte Salomon. Musical references to Bach, Beethoven and Schubert appear throughout Charlotte Salomon's gouaches.
Thursday March 29 (19:30)
With Viola Dances!, Duo Kalinowsky (piano and viola) performs music from three centuries: ranging from baroque to modern, with a particular emphasis on klezmer.
Thursday May 24 (20:00)
Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble
Coinciding with our exhibition on the historical relations between the Dutch Royal Family and the Jewish community, the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble performs a concert.