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Symposium organized by the Musicology Department in collaboration with the Holland Festival | Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam | Pleinfoyer | June 7, 2019

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Date 7 June 2019
Time 15:00 - 18:00
Aus Licht
Aus Licht June 2019 Gashouder, Amsterdam

Music theatre has always been a site of experimentation. The combination of sound, vision and movement, joined nowadays by media and technology – has inspired composers to explore human psychology, social interaction, ritual and religion, politics – in short anything of interest to humankind, but than framed as “art”. One of the almost legendary moments in this is Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera cycle LICHT. Occupying seven full days, it claims a share of the spectators’ lives – rewarding them with more than music, namely a spiritual world of its own. In conjunction with the large-scale selection from Stockhausen’s magnum opus presented by the Holland Festival and Nederlandse Opera, under the title AUS LICHT, our symposium aims to embed these claims through critically revisiting the state of music theatre in the late 20th century up to the present. How should we understand Karlheinz Stockhausen’s idiosyncratic music-theatrical vision? How does it relate to the history of opera and music? Into what future directions may such recent developments in music theatre take us?

14:45 Doors open

15:00 Welcome and Introduction

Jochem Valkenburg (program manager music & music theatre, Holland Festival)

Julia Kursell (Musicology, UvA)

15:15 Thomas Ulrich

Unity and Diversity in Stockhausen's LICHT

16:00 Magdalena Zorn

On Stockhausen’s LICHT and its connections with the history of modern music theatre

16:45 Intermission

17:15 Paul Griffiths

Lichter vor LICHT

Entrance is free, registration required via


Leidseplein 26, 1017 PT Amsterdam