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The student orchestra J.Pzn Sweelinck is giving an concert on Monday, 6 December in the Dominicus church in Amsterdam. UvA students can sign up for one or two tickets, and there are 50 tickets available.

Ramon van Engelenhoven at a piano
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Please note

Because of the new coronavirus measures that came into effect on Saturday, 13 November, the programme for the evening has been modified. There will be no intermission and drinks no longer will be served after 20:00, in line with the new restrictions.


  • Béla Bartók – ‘Piano Concerto No. 3’, with soloist Ramon van Engelenhoven
  • Intermission
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – ‘Symphony No. 6’
  • Bart Visman - 'Dan Sus, Dan Soo'

During World War II Béla Bartók left Hungary for the United States. He composed his third piano concerto there under the pressures of poverty and a devastating illness. Compared its two predecessors this composition is remarkably mild and classical in the tradional sense. In this piece the orchestra will be playing with soloist Ramon van Engelenhoven.

Symphony No. 6 is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s last completed work. It is an emotionally charged work that is also known as the Pathetique Symphony. Plaintive melodies abruptly alternate with vehement passages, while other parts are reminiscent of a waltz.

For the first time in its 143-year history the Sweelinck orchestra will be playing music by the composer it is named after. Composer Bart Visman presents his take on Sweelinck in a composition specially written for the UvA orchestra and commissioned by the Sweelinck Festival. Visman has created a collage of all his favourite fragments from Sweelinck’s oeuvre and connected these in his own way. The end result is a piece that references Sweelinck but is also unmistakably by Bart Visman at the same time.


The concert will start at 20:00, and the Dominicus church will be open from 19:30. The concert will finish at approximately 22:20.


Per person you can request two tickets and you will hear wether you have won by 30 November at te latest. Should your name be drawn for tickets, the following applies: the Dominicus church requires that all visitors show a coronavirus entry pass. A vaccination certificate, a certificate showing you’ve recovered from covid-19, or a certificate showing you’ve recently tested negative for the coronavirus are all valid. Please also bring your personal ID. More information can be found on the government website. We cannot let you enter the church without a valid coronavirus entry pass, unfortunately. Due to current Covid-19 circumstances, the number of available seats in the Dominicuskerk will be limited.