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Liza Lim, Veil, in York

UK premier for Liza Lim.
When Feb 27, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where York
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On February 27 Liza Lim’s Veil for ensemble will have it’s UK premier in York.  The Chimera Ensemble presents the composition at the Sir Jack Lyons Hall, University of York.

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Le nubi non scoppiano per il peso in Montreal

Canadian premiere for Mauro Lanza’s composition.
When Feb 26, 2015 09:00 PM to
Feb 28, 2015 10:30 PM
Where Montreal
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On February 26 in Montreal (further performance on February 28), as part of the 2015 Montreal New Music International Festival, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble  will perform the Canadian premiere of Mauro Lanza’s Le nubi non scoppiano per il peso, for 9 musicians, soprano, computer-controlled drops of water and electronics. The ensemble will be conducted by Guillaume Bourgogne at the McGill University, Music Multimedia Room.

 

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Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo by Matteo Franceschini.

On February 23 the world premiere of the Expo Opera Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo.
When Feb 23, 2015 09:00 AM to
Mar 03, 2015 10:00 AM
Where Como
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On February 23, the Teatro Sociale in Como will host the world premiere of the Expo Opera Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo (Milo and Maya around the world), a contemporary opera for young audiences (ages 6 to 14) written by Matteo Franceschini on a libretto by Lisa Capaccioli. The opera tells the story of an imaginary round-the-world trip that two 13-year olds undertake through the ethnic restaurants of a large city. Through the dishes they encounter the young protagonists get to know the tastes and customs of various cultures. The libretto will be also available in French and German. Following the premiere, the Orchestra 1813 with conductor Jacopo Rivani will take Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo on tour, presenting nearly 150 performances in cities across Italy.
Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo has been developed within the European project Interactive Opera where specially tailored education initiatives prepare students to engage with the piece and the performers. Directed by Caroline Leboutte, the opera has been realised by the Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana di Como (AsLiCo) in collaboration with the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liége (BE); Theater Magdeburg (GER); and the Opéra de Rouen – Haute Normandie (FRA). AsLiCo was awarded the 2014 Fedora – Rolf Liebermann Opera Prize for the production of this opera.

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Francesca Verunelli on Radio France

The Narrow Corner will be broadcast from 9 to 15 February on Radio France.
When Feb 15, 2015
from 11:30 PM to 11:55 PM
Where Paris
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The Narrow Corner, Francesca Verunelli’s new composition for orchestra, will be broadcast from 9 to 15 February on Radio France in the course of the programme ‘Alla breve’, conducted by Anne Montaron. Each day the transmission, which also includes an interview with the composer, will feature fragments from the work recorded by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Susanna Mällki. The Narrow Corner will be broadcast in its entirety on Sunday 15 February at 23.30.

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French premiere for Mauro Lanza in Lille

French premiere of Ballet Mekanique, choreographic version of I funerali dell’anarchico Acciarito.
When Feb 14, 2015 08:00 PM to
Feb 15, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Lille
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The French premiere of Ballet Mekanique, choreographic version of I funerali dell’anarchico Acciarito (for percussions) by Mauro Lanza, will take place in Lille on February 14. An ensemble of five young percussionists follows the mouvements of the dancer/choreographer Inga Hákonardóttir. This project, created by the guitarist of Ictus Ensemble, Tom Pauwels, has been touring since October in the main European cities.

 

 

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World premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s piece for Yuri Bashmet

Preludio, Presto e Lamento was commissioned by the Amici della Musica di Foligno.
When Feb 08, 2015 05:00 PM to
Feb 09, 2015 06:30 PM
Where Foligno and Milan
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On February 8, Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists will perform the world premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s Preludio, Presto e Lamento in Foligno, Italy. The piece was commissioned by the Amici della Musica di Foligno and dedicated to the ensemble by the composer. Colasanti writes that the ‘work, written for the viola - an instrument whose dark and warm colour has always fascinated me - rests on a three-part structure: a Preludio, rich in contrasts, a Presto, characterised by a relentless rhythm, and a final Lamento, in which the viola traces a long arabesque on a carpet of veiled archaic harmonies.’  Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists will present a second performance of Preludio, Presto e Lamento in Milan on February 9 in the Sala Verdi at the Milan Conservatory as part of the Serate Musicali.

 

 

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Betta: Il quadro nero

World premiere on February 7 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
When Feb 07, 2015
from 08:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Palermo
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Il quadro nero, an opera for music and film with two actors, orchestra, choir and voices recorded by Roberto Andò and Marco Betta will have its world premiere on February 7 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. The work is inspired by Renato Guttuso’s painting "La Vucciria" (a famous market in Palermo) and makes use of Andrea Camilleri’s text ‘La ripetizione’ .
The composer says that he ‘conceived of the score as a sort of giant mirror, a lake, a huge madrigal, in which all the images and Camilleri’s text are reflected and reverberate, because – he points out – the composition is designed on Roberto Andò’s film.’ The actors Francesco Scianna and Giulia Andò and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo are conducted by Tonino Battista. Il quadro nero inaugurates the theatre’s concert season.

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World premiere of Mauro Lanza’s Disiecta Membra

New piece for vocal sextet in Stuttgart.
When Feb 07, 2015
from 04:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Stuttgart
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Disiecta Membra is a Latin term which refers to ancient fragments of poetry, manuscripts or other cultural objects that have come down to us. Mauro Lanza has adopted this title for his new piece for vocal sextet. The text for the piece is drawn from Testamentum Porcelli, a short Medieval prose work in which Marcus Grunnius Corocotta, a pig, expresses his last wishes before being slaughtered and bequeaths the 12 parts of his body to 12 beneficiaries. The list of the cuts of pork – explains Lanza – is related to the form of the piece (composed of brief sections corresponding to the numbers in the list). The composer makes use here of a range of musical citations drawn from the seven cantatas that make up Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, each one referring to a part of the body of Christ. The world premiere of Disiecta Membra will be performed by the Neue Vocalsolisten on February 7 at the Festival Eclat in Stuttgart.

 

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Riccardo Nova in Munich

Word premiere of Ma’s DGD sequences 11X8@destruction generating deity by Riccardo Nova on February 5.
When Feb 05, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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Ma’s DGD sequences 11X8@destruction generating deity by Riccardo Nova, new version for strings and electronics, will have its world premiere on February 5. The Piano Possible Ensemble will perform the composition in Munich, at the i-camp, Neues Theater Muenchen.

 

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Alberto Colla in Cork

Alberto Colla’s Quartetto N. 2. Diario di giorni ordinari, will have its first performance in Ireland.
When Jan 30, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Cork
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On January 30 Alberto Colla’s Quartetto N. 2. Diario di giorni ordinari, will have its first performance in Ireland. The Xenia Ensemble String Quartet will perform the work at the University of Cork.

 

 

Riccardo Chailly conducts Vacchi WP

The Gewandhausorchester will present the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Der Walddämon.
When Jan 29, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Leipzig
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The Gewandhausorchester will present the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Der Walddämon under the baton of Riccardo Chailly on January 29, 2015 (additional performances on 30 and 31). This work for orchestra, commissioned by the Gewandhaus, was inspired by Amos Oz’s novel ‘Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest’. This performance continues the relationship between Fabio Vacchi and the Gewandhausorchester, which began with the commission of Tagebuch der Empörung, which premiered in May 2011.

Der Walddämon features a rhythmic progression and use of percussion and melodies that recall Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The colours in the orchestra create a dense, archaic, onomatopoeic atmosphere that drags the listener, into a fairy tale, which, like all fairy tales, tells of good and evil, of love, hate and tolerance and of the courage to oppose conventions.

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She Huo in Amsterdam

Country premiere of She Huo by Guo Wenjing in Amsterdam.
When Jan 28, 2015
from 08:15 PM to 09:15 PM
Where Amsterdam
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On January 28  the Nieuw Ensemble will perform the Country premiere of She Huo for ensemble by Guo Wenjing in Amsterdam. The concert will take place at the Musiekgebouw aan ’t IJ.

 

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Nino Rota’s La strada

Nino Rota's La strada will be performed in Strasburg, Mulhouse and Colmar.
When Jan 14, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Strasburg, Mulhouse and Colmar
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In 1966 Nino Rota wrote the ballet La strada drawing on the subject of Federico Fellini’s homonymous film, for which he had written one of his famous soundtracks. The ballet, in one act and twelve scenes, was commissioned by the Teatro alla Scala and the choreography was entrusted to Mario Pistoni. The success it enjoyed in its first production was enormous, as was that enjoyed by its numerous revivals over the following decades. The desperate and heartrending story of the protagonists Gelsomina and Zampanò is told in the ballet by taking up again the unmistakable themes of the soundtrack, here reworked and supplemented by music that Rota wrote for other masterpieces by Fellini. On January 14 (additional performances on January 15, 16, 17 and 18) the ballet La strada will be performed in Strasburg by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under the direction of Myron Romanul and by the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin. Further performances will follow in Mulhouse (La Filature, January 24, 25 and 27) and in Colmar (Théâtre municipal, 1 and 3 February).

 

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Varèse Amériques, Filarmonica della Scala, January 12, 2015

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edgard Varèse the Filarmonica della Scala will perform Amériques in its first concert for 2015.
When Jan 12, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Milan
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edgard Varèse (he died in New York at the age of 81 in 1965), the Filarmonica della Scala under the direction of Fabio Luisi will perform the work on January 12 in its first concert for 2015.
Amériques, the first in a series of compositions that would bring Varèse to the attention of the musical and cultural world, was composed in 1920/21. Performed for the first time in 1926 by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, this work aroused considerable interest on account of the concreteness of its sonoric solutions. It seems that the composer immerses himself directly in the sonoric material effecting a series of daring musical contrapositions between its various harmonic agglomerations and sonoric volumes.
Varèse rarely thinks in terms of melody but always in terms of dense groups of sounds: a materialism that privileges percussion instruments over the strings. A composition for a huge orchestra, Ameriques has by now secured a stable position in the repertory of the world’s most important orchestras.

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Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo by Matteo Franceschini

Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo, 2014 Fedora – Rolf Liebermann Opera Prize
When Jan 06, 2015
from 09:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Paris
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The Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana AsLiCo in Como has won the 2014 Fedora – Rolf Liebermann Opera Prize with Matteo Franceschini’s Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo (Milo, Maya around the world), a contemporary opera for children and young people on a libretto by Lisa Capaccioli. Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo, an opera inspired by the themes of EXPO and directed by Caroline Leboutte, has been produced by AsLICo  in collaboration with the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liége (BE); Theater Magdeburg (GER); and the Opéra de Rouen – Haute Normandie (FRA). The prize-giving ceremony took place on 6 January at the Palais Garnier in Paris. The opera will have its premiere on February 23 at the Teatro Sociale in Como.

Respighi's La bella dormente nel Bosco (The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood)

On December 19, the French premiere of La bella dormente nel bosco in Colmar.
When Dec 19, 2014
from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Colmar
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On December 19, the French premiere of La bella dormente nel bosco, an
Written for Vittorio Podrecca's puppet theatre company, Teatro dei Piccoli, La bella dormente nel bosco was first staged at the Teatro Odescalchi in Rome in 1922. Respighi revised the score in 1933 for a larger orchestra and adapted the work for mime performed by children. Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg will perform this final version in Colmar in December and then in Strasbourg, Paris and Mulhouse in January. The libretto has been translated into French for this production.opera by Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), will be performed at the Théatre Municipal in Colmar. The libretto, by Gian Bistolfi, is based on Charles Perrault's fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood. The work reveals Respighi's compositional versatility and sharp sense of humour, shifting between extreme sincerity and subtle parody. In three short acts, he intertwines elements of the comic, the fantastic and the sentimental, and presents natural sounds of birdsong, several dance forms and dramatic moments for spoken voice.

 

 

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Guo in Taipei

She Huo by Guo Wenjing for the first time in Taiwan.
When Dec 12, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Taipei
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On December 12  the Nieuw Ensemble will perform, for the first time in Taiwan, She Huo for ensemble by Guo Wenjing. The concert will take place in Taipei at the Taipei National Concert Hall.

 

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Marco Stroppa's premieres

Canadian premieres for Marco Stroppa in Toronto.
When Dec 09, 2014 08:00 PM to
Dec 11, 2014 09:00 PM
Where Toronto
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On December 11, New Music Concerts will present the Canadian premieres
of two pieces by guest composer Marco Stroppa at the Music Gallery in Toronto. Conductor Robert Aitken will lead the ensemble in From Needle’s Eye, for trombone, double wind quintet and percussion, with trombonist Benny Slutchin, and …of Silence for saxophone and chamber electronics, with saxophonist Wallace Halladay.
A few days prior, on December 9 the New Music Ensemble, a student group at the Royal Conservatory, will perform the Canadian premiere of Stroppa’s élet…fogytiglan under the baton of Brian Current. The concert will take place at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the Free Concert Series.

 

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Orfeo. Flebile queritur lyra by Silvia Colasanti

On December 8 French premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s Orfeo. Flebile queritur lyra in Arpajon (France).
When Dec 08, 2014 08:00 PM to
Dec 12, 2014 09:00 PM
Where Arpajaon and Macerata
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On December 8, the Paris Mozart Orchestra, under the direction of Claire Gibault, will perform the French premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s Orfeo. Flebile queritur lyra at the Lycée René Cassin in Arpajon as part of the orchestra’s social and education programme. The project consists of a tour of 16 concerts in the high schools of Paris’s banlieue through April 2015. Colasanti’s Orfeo is a melologue for speaker and ensemble on a text drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Recited by Suliane Brahim, the text has been translated into French for this project by Myriam Tanant. Following the tour of schools, the orchestra will present a number of performances in Paris, open to the general public.
Colasanti offers the following description of her work: “Orfeo. Flebile queritur lyra is a ‘concert’ for voice and ensemble, with a calibrated alternation between music and words. The music has a very intense dramaturgic function,  expressing a primordial state of thought, when thought is not yet thinking, but still feeling. At certain points the sounds amplify the meaning of the text or underline certain features. At others they come to express something that is not spoken. For this reason, at times the music lives together with the word, and at others it is alone.”
The Paris Mozart Orchestra will take Orfeo in Italy as well, at Macerata (Teatro Lauro Rossi) on December 12. For the occasion the text will be recited into Italian by the actress Maddalena Crippa.

 

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A memoria d'eco by Matteo Franceschini

World premiere for A memoria d'eco on 5 December in Brussels.
When Dec 05, 2014
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Brussels
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As part of the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the Orchestre National de Belgique and the music department of the Palais des Beaux-Arts have commissioned Matteo Franceschini to write A memoria d’eco. The world premiere will be performed on 5 December in Brussels under the direction of Dima Slobodeniouk.
In his presentation of the work, the composer (after offering some thoughts on the role of music in the period of the war) explains the compositional idea underlying ‘his homage’ to the Great War:
”There are many written testimonies that allow us to recount the First World War, but, by contrast, very few – indeed, hardly any – ‘sound documents’ have come down to us… Music was often used to escape from the violence of the front or, for those who were not at the war, from everyday life. And so there was military, funeral, and patriotic music certainly, but also popular songs, café music and satirical songs about life. All of these served the purpose of enabling people to momentarily forget about the difficulties they were enduring - it was a matter of necessity. In A memoria d’eco, I wanted to evoke the sudden passage from everyday life - from the universe of the common man - to a ‘dark’ world dramatically permeated by sounds. Among the countless costs of war is silence. Nonetheless, even at a distance from the front, a ‘new music’ - an obsessive and suffocated chorale - lives in people’s hearts. Silence takes on a utopian role - it becomes a sort of vision - an image and a voice of hope for the future.”

 

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