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Up the romance with a candlelight concert at the Portuguese Synagogue in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter. Attend one of a series of special concerts held each month and enjoy live music from Balkan folk and jazz, to classical concertos and world music. With an atmospheric setting lit up by hundreds of burning candles, renowned acoustics, and virtuoso musicians, it’s sure to be an evening to remember.
Candlelight concert at the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam
Choose from a varied program of monthly concerts
Be entertained by talented musicians performing classical, jazz, folk, or world music
Enjoy an atmospheric setting with hundreds of burning candles
Romantic experience, perfect for couples or special occasions
With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Portuguese Synagogue
Make your own way to the Portuguese Synagogue in central Amsterdam before the concert commences and head inside to take your seat. Soak up the atmosphere of the magnificent 17th-century cathedral, decorated with hundreds of burning candles, as you wait for the musicians to take to the stage.
Then, sit back and enjoy a mesmerizing performance featuring virtuoso musicians and timeless compositions, brought to the life by the synagogue’s breath-taking acoustics.
Please note: performances vary depending on the evening. The full concert listings are detailed in the Itinerary section.
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:
Thursday 20 February at 19:30: Yehonatan Elazar and Christina Diaz
With The Jazzphardic Project, Yehonatan Elazar and Christina Diaz present a combination of medieval Sephardic music, latin jazz and contemporary music from the Middle East.
Zemtsov Viola Quarter - Thursday 19 March 2020
Since 2010, the Zemtsov family forms this successful viola quartet. The family members (father, mother, daughter, cousin) all have their own musical career, but play together as a quartet since 2010. Their first album came out in 2014, with music of Max von Weinzierl, York Bowen and Astor Piazzolla.
Thursday 2 April 2020 at 20:00: The Hague String Trio
The trio plays a tribute to composers who have been persecuted in WOII with After the Darkness. On the programme will be beautiful music that has been created under miserable circumstances. Such as the compositions of Hans Krása and Gideon Klein, written in concentration camp Theresienstadt.
Thursday 25 June 2020 at 20:00: Daahoud Salim
Daahoud Salim is a Spanish pianist, a virtuoso in both jazz and classical music. Salim (1990) was born in Sevilla, studied the piano there and finished his studies in Amsterdam. He has been playing throughout Europe since and has released multiple albums. In the Portuguese Synagogue, he plays the music of Ervín Schulhoff, that Salim recorded earlier under the title Forbidden Music.