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Friday, 29 March 2019, 19:15

Whispering nights

Menno van Delft, Dalyn Cook, Artem Belogurov, harpsichords & clavichords

David Mackor, lute

Embassy of the Free Mind Keizersgracht 123, 1015 CJ, Amsterdam

Six heads of gods and goddesses. Four brilliant musicians. Three clavichords. Two harpsichords. One lute.

One unforgettable event: Whispering Nights

On 29 March at 19h15 in the iconic Huis met de Hoofden, MouseEar concerts launches its first season with a celebration of early keyboards and their music. MouseEar founders Artem Belogurov and Menno van Delft will be joined by lutenist David Mackor and keyboardist Dalyn Cook in a house music experience like no other.

Built in 1622, the Huis met de Hoofden is known for the six ornamental heads adorning its façade. Legend has it that the six heads represented a band of thieves who had attempted to rob the residents of the house, but the heads in fact depict six Greek gods and goddesses: Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Diana, Mercurius, and Minerva.

The evening begins in the Grote Sael of the Huis met de Hoofden with music for two harpsichords; the house will then come alive with three different short programs for clavichords and lute performed simultaneously in three different rooms. The public - divided into small groups that will visit each room - will delight in the rare intimacy afforded by these combinations of instruments and spaces. The evening will draw to a close with all four musicians performing together.

“Whispering Nights” marks the premiere of the MouseEar concert series, which was established to explore both the rich history and exciting future of historical keyboard instruments in Amsterdam. This evening promises to take listeners where they have never been before. For lovers of early music and historical keyboards, it will be an old favourite made new; for newcomers to these instruments and repertoire, it will be an evening rich with discovery.