2022: The Green Cathedral - morning concert and virtual reality project

Black Pencil

During the Land Art Weekend on 4 and 5 June 2022, Black Pencil presents adventurous and groundbreaking music in The Green Cathedral (De Groene Kathedraal). Calliope Tsoupaki (former Composer of the Netherlands) wrote a new composition on the occassion of the restoration of the artwork. The morning concert takes place on 4 June. The new virtual reality project '100 years of Almere' by Black Pencil will also premiere on 4 June.

Morning concert

In the morning concert on 4 June, starting at 11.00 am, music will be linked to nature. You will hear works from the early Renaissance to the present day, in which nature is given expression: birds, rustling leaves, violent storms and a sultry summer evening. Tsoupaki's work was commissioned by the Province of Flevoland on the occasion of the restoration of The Green Cathedral. The composer was inspired by this work of art, which is both art and nature. The ingenious proportions of the cathedral are applied to the form of the composition, while the sounds of The Green Cathedral blend harmoniously with the composed sounds.

VR performance: 100 years of Almere

On 4 & 5 June between 13.00-16.00 hours you can experience the VR performance '100 years of Almere'.
How do you do justice to the wonderful history of the city of Almere? From wide open water to solid ground, from flat surface to height. A young history, in which stone and green together build the overall picture. The place where now almost 220.000 people live, on the way to becoming the fifth city of the Netherlands.

Black Pencil lays a new musical foundation for this story of daring development. Arnoud Noordegraaf's accessible composition is a mix of poetic sounds and energetic, rhythmic structures. Video artist Marcel Wierckx builds an impressive virtual reality experience with archive images and future plans.

'100 years of Almere' is a continuous experience of 8 minutes. Seated on a wooden cube, the visitor moves through time and space and literally experiences the music through vibrations and visual impulses. Who else but Black Pencil, which has Almere as its home base, to bring its connection to life in this multifaceted form?

De Groene Kathedraal, Almere

Both days, 11.00 - 17.00 hrs: guide present
Saturday 4 June, 11.00 hrs; morning concert
Saturday 4 June, 13.00-16.00 hrs; virtual reality performance
Sunday 5 June, 13.00-16.00 hrs; virtual reality performance

These activities are made possible by the Province of Flevoland.