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Festival d’Automne is dedicating a portrait to Luigi Nono

Maître des sons et des silences is the title of the portrait that the Festival d’Automne is dedicating to Luigi Nono this year in the months of October and November.
When Oct 03, 2014 08:00 PM to
Nov 18, 2014 11:00 PM
Where Paris
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Maître des sons et des silences is the title of the portrait that the Festival d’Automne is dedicating to Luigi Nono this year in the months of October and November.
The homage to the composer begins on October 3 with the Canti di vita e d’amore, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Mikko Franck, and continues (on 9) with “Hay que caminar” soñando and Risonanze erranti, Liederzyklus a Massimo Cacciari, with Enno Poppe at the head of the ensemble musikFabrik. After the performance of Omaggio a György Kurtág (on 17) on the part of Ensemble intercontemporain, the portrait continues into November with Für Paul Dessau (on 6), Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz and A floresta é jovem e cheja de vida (on 14), concluding (on 18) with the performance of Como una ola de fuerza y luz by the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ingo Metzmacher.
In the month of October a number of other festivals and orchestras will pay homage to Luigi Nono: the festival Traiettorie in Parma (on 5) with Risonanze erranti, Liederzyklus a Massimo Cacciari; the Venice Biennale (on 11) with …sofferte onde serene… and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in Frankfurt (on 13) with A Carlo Scarpa, architetto, ai suoi infiniti possibili.

 

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A melologue to Bari by Vacchi

World premiere of the melologue entitled Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose by Fabio Vacchi.
When Sep 30, 2014
from 09:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Bari
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The month of September, rich of important events for Fabio Vacchi, ends with the world premiere of the melologue entitled Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose on September 30.
The performancee will take place in Bari, the city in which Vacchi is currently serving as composer in residence at the Fondazione Petruzzelli, with the Orchestra del Teatro conducted by John Axelrod. Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose is based on a text by Gianrico Carofiglio, drawn in its turn from a novel of the same name by the Bari writer. Vacchi says that he was immediately captured by the allure of this novel and no less struck by the extremely high quality of the writing and the gripping plot set in the city of Bari. Carofiglio himself has been entrusted with the role of the reciting voice.

 

 

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Sergio Calligaris in Minsk

Sergio Calligaris’s Doppio Concerto will be performed for the first time in Belarus.
When Sep 29, 2014
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Minsk
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Sergio Calligaris’s Doppio Concerto per violino, pianoforte e orchestra d’archi op. 37 will be performed for the first time in Belarus, in Minsk, on 29 September in the opening concert of the 9th Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Sergej Krylov, who will also perform as a soloist. Rostislav Krimer will be on the piano. The concert will take place in the Belarusian State Philharmonic.

 

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Silvia Colasanti - The second half of 2014

For Silvia Colasanti the second half of 2014 is shaping up to be as eventful as the first.
When Sep 27, 2014 08:00 PM to
Dec 31, 2014 11:00 PM
Where Warsaw, Milan, Macerata, Paris, Barui
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For Silvia Colasanti the second half of 2014 is shaping up to be as eventful as the first. September sees the start of a series of performances of the Roman composer’s works: Di tumulti e d'ombre. Studio per Faust for string orchestra at the Warsaw Festival on 27 September; La rosa que no canto for string quartet and To muddy death. Ophelia for ensemble with the Solisti de LaVerdi at the Auditorium in Milan on 24 November. On 12 December, at the Teatro Lauro Rossi in Macerata, Orfeo. Flebile queritur lyra, a melologue on a text drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, will be interpreted by the Paris Mozart Orchestra under the direction of Claire Gibault and with the reciting voice of Maddalena Crippa. The same interpreters will then take Orfeo (this time with a text in French) on tour in France. The tour will begin on 8 December and will continue throughout 2015 in the form of an educational initiative that will visit high schools in the Paris region as well as a number of concert halls in Paris itself. Finally, on 15 December the Orchestra da Camera Italiana will perform Capriccio a due for orchestra at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari

 

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Alfred, Alfred in Spoleto, Perugia, Assisi, Città di Castello, Todi and Orvieto

The Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto has realised a new production of Alfred, Alfred by Franco Donatoni.
When Sep 23, 2014 12:25 PM to
Oct 04, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto has realised a new production of Alfred, Alfred, a comic opera in seven scenes and six intermezzi, with libretto and music by Franco Donatoni. It will go on stage at the Teatro Nuovo ‘Gian Carlo Menotti’ from 23 to 28 September and will then go on tour up to 4 October in Perugia, Assisi, Città di Castello, Todi and Orvieto.Lir
Alfred, Alfred was inspired by a personal experience the composer had in 1991 while he was visiting Melbourne in occasion of the world premiere of Refrain II (his admission to the city’s Alfred Hospital in a diabetic coma). What’s involved is a light, entertaining scenic action in which Franco Donatoni (in the world premiere in 1998 the composer himself appeared on stage to interpret himself) is the central (and silent) character around whom there circulates a whirlwind of nurses, professors, interns, friends and visitors of every kind, characters among whom stand out three female roles. The production by the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale features elements of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale under the direction of Marco Angius. The stage direction has been entrusted to the actor Paolo Rossi.

 

 

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Le voci sottovetro by Sciarrino in Buenos Aires

On September 21 Le voci sottovetro by Salvatore Sciarrino in Argentina.
When Sep 21, 2014
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Buenos Aires
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On September 21  Le voci sottovetro, elaborations on the music of Carlo Gesualdo for voice and instruments by Salvatore Sciarrino, will be performed for the first time in Argentina. The Sonorama Ensemble will present the composition in Buenos Aires, Centro Nacional de la Música, Guastavino Hall.

 

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Castiglioni in Copenhagen

Niccolò Castiglioni’s Salmo XIX will have it’s Danish premiere on September 18.
When Sep 18, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Copenhagen
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Niccolò Castiglioni’s Salmo XIX, for soprano leggero, soprano, choir and orchestra will have it’s Danish premiere on September 18. Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen.
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Franceschini in Moscow

When Sep 17, 2014
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Moscow
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Mattoe Franceschini’s La grammatica del soffio, version for soloist (basset hor
n) and ensemble, will have its world premiere in Russia on September 17, as part of the Moscow Forum Festival. The piece will be performed by Michele Marelli, basset horn,  and the Studio for New Music ensemble, under the direction of Igor Dronov, at the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

 

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Fabio Vacchi's music - September 2014

September offers a rich array of music by Fabio Vacchi.
When Sep 06, 2014 08:00 PM to
Sep 30, 2014 11:00 PM
Where Vicenza, Turin, Milan, Bari
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September offers a rich array of music by Fabio Vacchi: two world premieres in Vicenza and Bari and the portrait that the 2014 MITO SettembreMusica festival is dedicating to him.
Starting out with the world premiere of Love’s Geometries, to be performed on 6 September in the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza by the Orchestra dell’Università degli Studi di Milano under the direction of  John Axelrod, the month proceeds with the portrait that the 2014 MITO SettembreMusica Festival is dedicating to him (together with Beat Furrer) in its contemporary music section. The numerous and varied events include: the melologue Prospero, o dell’armonia for actor and orchestra performed by the Filarmonica del 900 del Teatro Regio under the direction of the young Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras (15 September in Turin and 16 in Milan); the performances of the two pieces for large orchestra Tagebuch der Empörung (Italian premiere) and Veglia Prima entrusted to Beat Furrer (the other protagonist of MITO’s special focus feature) at the head of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (17 in Turin and 18 in Milan). For Vacchi the month comes to an end on 30 September in Bari, with the world premiere of Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose, based on a text by Gianrico Carofiglio. The Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli, in which Vacchi is currently working as composer in residence, will be conducted by John Axelrod.

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Silvia Colasanti

Silvia Colasanti has won the 10th Enriquez Città di Sirolo Music Prize.
When Aug 30, 2014
from 09:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where Sirolo
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Silvia Colasanti has won the 10th Enriquez Città di Sirolo Classical Music Prize in the Music Theatre Section. Her winning composition is an opera for children Il sole, di chi è? on a text by Roberto Piumini. The official award-giving ceremony will take place at the Teatro Comunale Cortesi di Sirolo in Sirolo, in the Province of Ancona, on 30 August 2014.

Luci mie traditrici in Göteborg

Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino, will have its Swedish premiere in Göteborg.
When Aug 14, 2014 07:00 PM to
Aug 16, 2014 08:30 PM
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Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino, will have its Swedish premiere in Göteborg on August 14 (additional performances on August 15 and 16). It will be staged at the MusikTeaterVerket, as part of the GöteborgOperans Lilla Scen, with the Gageego Ensemble conducted by Rei Munakata, stage direction by Ola Beskow.

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2014 Rossini Opera Festival

The Critical Editions of Rossini. The history, the Rossini Opera Festival.
When Aug 10, 2014 08:00 PM to
Aug 22, 2014 11:00 PM
Where Pesaro
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Work on the monumental critical edition of the works of Gioachino Rossini on the part of the Rossini Foundation together with Casa Ricordi commenced in the early 1970s. The publication of every score has been preceded and accompanied by a meticulous study of the compositional practice of the composer and the performance practice of the initial interpreters as well as by a comprehensive examination of the sources. This has made it possible to reconstruct the ‘authentic’ version (i.e. the version intended or approved by the composer) of the various works. This painstaking work has led to the rediscovery of a number of works that had gone missing over the course of time and to the recognition of the centrality in Rossini’s work for the theatre of his ‘opere serie’ and, to an even greater extent, of the operas of his Neapolitan period.

The critical edition, then, makes it possible to perform the various authentic versions, informing readers by way of a specially designed reference tool of all the textual problems in them and possible solutions to them. All this philological material, made available to orchestra conductors and singers, has in the last twenty years led to a considerable increase in the number of performances of Rossini’s repertory even in the world’s most prestigious opera houses.

In the 1980s the city of Pesaro with the support of the City Council began to host the Rossini Opera Festival (ROF), a festival dedicated to the music of Gioachino Rossini. Every year the ROF, taking advantage of the expert collaboration of the Rossini Foundation, presents the world premiere of at least one work from the critical editions.

After presenting Rossini’s first three ‘opere serie’, Ciro in Babilonia, Demetrio e Polibio and Tancredi, over the last few years, the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival (10 to 22 August) offers the public the new critical edition of Aureliano in Palmira. Will Crutchfield, in his dual role of editor of the edition and orchestra conductor, will conduct the G. Rossini Symphony Orchestra on 12 August.  The stage direction is by Mario Martone.

Composed on a libretto by Felice Romani for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Aureliano in Palmira (the only opera Rossini wrote for a castrato: the famous Giovanni Battista Velluti, interpreter of the role of Arsace) was first performed on 26 December 1813. Compared with Tancredi, Aureliano in Palmira is a classical opera, more complex with a distinct plot and a broad musical structure. The whole thing speaks to us of a new, ambitious large-scale opera.

On 15 August the ROF also hosts the world premiere of Le Sei Sonate a quattro, composed by Rossini in 1804 for a curious quartet of strings, made up of 2 violins, cello and double bass. The Rossini Foundation edition, edited by Matteo Guggioli, presents a text reconstructed on the basis of the autograph copy held in the Library of Congress in Washington. The performance at the ROF will feature Salvatore Accardo and Laura Gorna (1st and 2nd violin), Cecilia Radic (cello) and Franco Petracchi (double bass).

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Einaudi in Sydney

The composition Vega by Ludovico Einaudi will have its Australian premiere.
When Jul 24, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Sydney
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On July 24 the composition Vega for solo harp by Ludovico Einaudi will have its Australian premiere. The Italian harpist Raoul Moretti will perform the composition in Sydney, Italian Cultural Institute.

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The return of Casella’s La donna serpente

After many years Alfredo Casella’s La donna serpente returns to the stage.
When Jul 18, 2014 09:00 PM to
Jul 26, 2014 10:30 PM
Where Martina Franca
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After many years Alfredo Casella’s La donna serpente (1928-31) returns to the stage. Maestro Fabio Luisi will conduct the opera in Martina Franca on July 18, 20, and 26. The production is made by Festival della Valle d'Itria and the Fondazione Teatro Regio of Turin. La donna serpente is an opera-fairy tale in a prologue and three acts. Its libretto is by Cesare Vico Ludovici and is based on a play of the same name by Carlo Gozzi. The opera was first performed in 1932 at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. Casella stated that he had been fascinated by the “extraordinary musical possibilities” of Gozzi’s fairy tale as well as by its “grandiose, larger-than-life style, made up of Baroque heroism, dramatic passions, tragedy, and clownish, down-to-earth comedy.” He added that models like Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff and the operas of Mozart—the former through their melodramtic force; the latter through their “marvellous music, which always leaves the singing unobstructed, though supporting it with a timbric and polyphonic contour that can without hesitation be defined as magical”—guided the Neoclassical development of his poetics in La donna serpente. The stage direction for the production is by Antonio Cirillo, the scenery by Dario Gessati, and the costumes by Gianluca Falaschi.


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Linee di forza in Venice

World premiere for Luca Francesconi’s Linee di forza on July 11 in Venice.
When Jul 11, 2014
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where Venice
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World premiere for Luca Francesconi’s Linee di forza for ensemble, on July 11 in Venice. The Ex Novo Ensemble will perform the composition at Teatro La Fenice, Apollinee Hall, as part of the event “Contemporary Marathon, 40 first performances of Italian and French composers”.

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World premiere of Azio Corghi’s Blanquette

The world premiere of Azio Corghi’s Blanquette takes place on July 10 at the Settimane Musicale in Siena.
When Jul 10, 2014
from 09:15 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Siena
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The world premiere of Azio Corghi’s Blanquette takes place on July 10 at the Settimane Musicale in Siena. The work for reciting voice and chamber orchestra will be interpreted by Chiara Muti and the Orchestra della Toscana under the direction of Marco Angius.
Corghi uses the text of Alphonse Daudet’s famous short story La chèvre de M. Seguin, which is part of the children’s collection Lettres de mon moulin. The story, written with a didactic intent, tells of Blanquette, a little white goat that escapes from her stall where she is kept by Monsieur Seguin for her protection and heads towards a mountain that she sees in the distance. She passes a happy day amidst nature, but when evening falls she encounters the wolf, who, after a strenuous and cruel struggle, devours her. Corghi explains that the feel of the French text led him to re-propose in an updated form the musical language he had learned in the course of his formal training. Blanquette is a commission of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.


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Sciarrino in Vitasaari

Salvatore Sciarrino’s L’alibi della parola will have its Finnish premiere.
When Jul 05, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Vitasaari
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Salvatore Sciarrino’s L’alibi della parola for four voices will have its Finnish premiere on July 5. The composition will be performed by Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart in Vitasaari, Parish Hall, as part of the  Time of Music Festival.



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Antonioni, Boccadoro and Vacchi in Rio de Janeiro

Brasilian premiere for Antonioni, Boccadoro and Vacchi.
When Jul 01, 2014
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Rio de Janeiro
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Preludio diatonico N. 1 by Francesco Antonioni, Cruel Beauty by Carlo Boccadoro and Tre  post x Scarlatti by Fabio Vacchi for piano, will have their Brasilian premiere on July 1. The pianist Orazio Sciortino will play the compositions in Rio de Janeiro, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes.

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Il medico dei pazzi in Nancy

On 20 June the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy presents the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Il medico dei pazzi.
When Jun 20, 2014 08:00 PM to
Jun 28, 2014 09:30 PM
Where Nancy
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On 20 June the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy presents the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Il medico dei pazzi, a comic opera loosely based on Edoardo Scarpetta’s Neapolitan comedy of the same name. The libretto was written by the composer. On stage there will be 11 singers and a chorus, conducted by Francesco Lanzillotta. The stage direction is by Carlos Wagner.

Interview with Giorgio Battistelli

What led you to write a comic opera and to choose a text from the early 20th century?
Two things that often have been missing from contemporary music are the ironic dimension and the comic one, both of which are very difficult to express through a non-tonal musical language. Often it’s been possible to express the grotesque, the paradoxical, but in the last thirty years comedy and even more so irony have been almost completely extraneous to the musical language of our time.

How does the comic translate into composition? Does it have any special characteristics?
The comic, just like the dramatic, expresses itself through the dramaturgic rhythm of a narration or an anti-narration. It’s always a formal problem, of the relationship between something preceding and something following. Musical form addresses certain listening expectations and the non-realisation of these expectations creates solutions that can surprise and amuse us.

Can you tell us about how you worked with the director Carlo Wagner?
I believe that the score is the cornerstone of an opera and that the job of directing is always the expression of one of many possible interpretations. But everything must by generated by the music. The productions that work the best are those that respect the score, that don’t prop it up but rather complete its musical expression.

Il medico dei pazzi is the second opera that the Opera National de Lorraine has commissioned from you. The first was Divorzio all’Italiana - who can forget Pietro Germi’s famous film? - which went on stage in 2008. What kind of tie is there (if there is one) between the two operas?
One of the connections that can be seen between Il medico dei pazzi and Divorzio all’italiana is the reference to a characteristic of Italy that only gets remembered in a stereotyped way. On the one hand, there’s the Italy of Sicily, of jealousy and of the passionate and possessive relationships and, on the other, there’s a wily, cunning, intelligent Neapolitan world that moves freely within misunderstanding. While Divorzio all’italiana has a tie with the crime pages of a newspaper, Il medico dei pazzi is connected directly to Italy’s Commedia dell’Arte.

Your extensive catalogue counts about 75 compositions, of which almost half are music theatre works, inspired by novels, dramas by great writers: Antonin Artaud, Gabriel García Márquez, Pier Paolo Pasolini, William Shakespeare, to cite just a few. Can you tell us what it means for you to write an opera?
Musical composition, writing an opera, is the only way I have of relating with the present and of expressing the bewildering character of our times.

Il medico dei pazzi is a co-production by the Opéra national de Lorraine and Theater Münster. What projects are you working on at the moment?
Right at the moment I’m completing the score of the opera CO2 that will be presented at the Scala in Milan in 2015 with stage direction by Robert Carsen, and in 2016, in Hannover, Germany, there will be the world premiere of Lot.


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Focus on Nono at the Holland Festival and Zurich Festivals

The Holland and the Zurich Festivals are commemorating Luigi Nono.
When Jun 19, 2014 08:00 PM to
Jul 02, 2014 10:00 PM
Where Amsterdam and Zurich
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On 29 January Luigi Nono would have turned 90 and on the occasion of this anniversary year the Holland and the Zurich Festivals are commemorating the Venetian composer with a series of concerts in June and July. Nono’s Prometeo. Tragedia dell’ascolto will be performed both in Amsterdam (June 19) and  Zurich (July 2).  Furthermore, the two festivals feature the following works:
on June 21 (in Amsterdam) are foreseen the performances of Como una ola de fuerza y luz, La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura (with Irvine Arditti) and Musica - Manifesto N°2: Non Consumiamo Marx. The following day, it’s the turn of 1° Caminantes… Ayacucho and 2° No hay caminos hay que caminar...Andrej Tarkowskij. All the concerts will take place in the Westergasfabriek-Gashouder and the interpreters include Ingo Metzmacher together with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, André Richard (sound direction), Susanne Otto (alto), Roberto Fabbriciani (flute), Schola Heidelberg, Cappella Amsterdam. The Holland Festival also present a two-day conference, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, and an exhibition in collaboration with Archivio Nono.
In Zurich, at the Tonhalle, where the focus on Nono begins on June 27, the Collegium Novum Zürich, conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer will perform Post-prae-ludium n. 1  per Donau and Guai ai gelidi mostri with Simon Lamothe-Falardeau (tube) and  Susanne Otto and Noa Frenkel  (altos). On July 1, the Quartetto Diotima will present Fragmente – Stille, An Diotima.  




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