Surviving Injustice

Lecture and chamber music in collaboration with the John Adams Institute

Just one false testimony was enough for Rickey Jackson to be sentenced to death. Yet after thirty-nine years in prison, he was finally released in 2014. In this lecture, Jackson will share his story.

Musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam will be performing music fitting with this theme.

Surviving Injustice
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Just one false testimony was enough for Rickey Jackson to be sentenced to death. Yet after thirty-nine years in prison, he was finally released in 2014. In this lecture, Jackson will share his story.

Musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam will be performing music fitting with this theme.

Lecture and chamber music in collaboration with the John Adams Institute

Dates and tickets

About this concert

The Concertgebouworkest has organised all its concert programmes in January to reflect the theme ‘Made in America’.

Locked up for a murder he didn’t commit, Rickey Jackson served the longest sentence of any U.S. inmate later found to be innocent. The John Adams Institute, together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, are honored to host a talk by Rickey.

He will be talking about the gross injustice that has so deeply affected not only his own life, but also those of hundreds of other innocent people in America. He will also share the lessons he learned about freedom and forgiveness - after 39 years of wrongful imprisonment.

During the event, musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam will play works by the American composers Julia Wolfe and Gabriella Smith and the work Grab It! by JacobTV (Jacob ter Veldhuis), a musical ‘battle’ between the musicians and samples of voices of American prisoners on death row.

Musicians of the Concertgebouworkest

Sjaan Oomen, violin; Joanna Westers, violin; Vilém Kijonka, viola; Maartje-Maria den Herder, cello; Jörgen van Rijen, trombone; Dovas Lietuvninkas, trumpet; Davide Lattuada, bass clarinet; Rob Dirksen, double bass; Bence Major, percussion

Students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Aina Font, soprano saxophone; Lette Thijs, alto saxophone; Nami Kondo, tenor saxophone; Sebastiaan Cooman, baritone saxophone