Free concerts in Utrecht

Utrecht is known for its monthly Cultural Sundays. But the Uitfeest beats them all. We have been invited to participate in the biggest music festival of the year, to perform in the Academiegebouw (built 1462) and the brand new Centrum Muziek XXI (to open in 2010) !


Utrecht is known for its monthly Cultural Sundays, with free events for everyone to feast on. But the Uitfeest (the double e is pronounced as a long a, i.e. pronounced like “Out Faist” — to mean “Out Festival”) beats them all. The Utrecht Uitfeest is truly special and not to be missed. More than 100 free concerts will take place in central Utrecht on Sunday 13th September, beginning with open air opera on the main canal Oude Gracht.

Three years after moving to Utrecht, we have been invited to participate in the biggest music festival of the year: the Utrecht Uitfeest on Sunday 13 September 2009. At 13:00 our piano guitar duo (called the Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo) will give a half-hour concert in the brand new building of Muziekhuis Utrecht at Centrum XXI of exciting music of live composers: Otte, van Dijk, Segall, and Lam. These works span several continents: South America, North America, Europe, and Asia.

This contemporary programme will be repeated together with other new works in a private house concert in Amsterdam on 26th September, in the artists quarter. [The Amsterdam house is above a warehouse used by artists to do large scale sculpture work. For details about this private house concert which includes drink and food, please contact the duo as space is limited.]

Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo in Italy, 2007
Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo in Italy, 2007

On Saturday 12th September at 13:00, we will be giving a 45-minute concert in the Open Monumentendag (Open Monument Day), a national event where historic monumental buildings are opened for the public to visit (for free). “A Mediterranean Summer” programme includes much loved tunes by Vivaldi, Rodrigo, Torroba, and Albeniz in the famous Academiegebouw near the Dome (tallest building in the country).

Rich in history (dating back to 1462) Academiegebouw (translated literally to mean the Academy Building) is a beautiful place with decorated high ceilings and tiled floors used by University of Utrecht (largest in the country) for graduation ceremonies and oraties (professors receiving their tenures). This “Mediterranean Summer” programme will be repeated a week later in Amsterdam’s Oosterkerk, also a free concert (20 September 2009 at noon).

Sunday 13 September 2009 13:00 – 13:30 FREE

21st century programme: “Pull, pluck, strum, bang!”

Centrum Muziek XXI

Loevenhoutsedijk 103,Utrecht

Utrecht Uitfeest

Saturday 12 September 2009 @ 13:00 FREE

Traditional programme: “A Mediterranean Summer

Academiegebouw Domplein, Utrecht

Open Monumentendag

Information about music events (concerts), walking maps of Utrecht for Open Monument Day (including PDF’s).

Piano Guitar Duo concert agenda

Listings of free or nearly free concerts (mostly in Utrecht) in the Netherlands

Author: BLOGmaiden

As one of the earliest bloggers (since 1999), I enjoy meeting people who embrace "out-of-the-box" thinking and fear not the unknown. I believe in collaboration for sustainability because it increases stakeholder value.

7 thoughts on “Free concerts in Utrecht”

  1. Wish y’all were in Amsterdam. Guess we’ll just have to go way on over to Utrecht because these performances really look great.

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