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20 Jul



Ireland
 Friday, July 20, 2012 at  
Hilltown 5th New Music Festival
Hilltown New Music Festival
Castlepollard
Ireland
http://www.hilltown.ie/buytickets.html
http://www.hilltown.ie

Tickets: http://www.hilltown.ie/buytickets.html
Quiet Music Esnemble, David Toop, Barbara Luneburg, Hilltown Ensemble, Strange Attractor, Kirkos Ensemble, Karen Power.

John Cage:
Child of Tree, Chorales, Four, Four4, Four6
Ryoanji , Inlets, Music for Clarinet
ASLSP, Radio Music, One10
Sculptures Musicales
Music also by: Oliver Knussen, Norah Constance Walsh, Sinéad Finegan, Conal Ryan, Trevor Furlong, Derek Ball, Gráinne Mulvey

Hilltown New Music Festival 2012
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July

The Hilltown New Music Festival is an international weekend festival of contemporary music, sonic and visual installations around the medieval castle keep in the grounds of Hilltown House, Castlepollard, Co.Westmeath.


Karen Power : some things just are

21 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7:30pm - 10:00pm 
Cool Fusion
All Saints Church, West Dulwich
Lovelace Road, SE21 7JY
United Kingdom
020 8676 4550
http://www.all-saints.org.uk
vicar@all-saints.org.uk

Tickets: £12/£10 concessions, from ticketline.co.uk/cool-fusion or 0844 888 9991, booking fee applies
Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Putney Arts Theatre
Coronel Percussion
Cool Fusion Jazz
Cool Fusion Electronica
Mark Pampel (piano)

Cool Fusion is one of the largest voluntary-arts initiatives in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It presents a series of four performances of new music and drama in historic London venues, celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics within London's vibrant culture. It is a partnership of London Composers Forum, Colchester New Music and Putney Writers' Circle.

Developed collaboratively by twelve composers and four writers, Cool Fusion uses wind orchestra, percussion ensemble, electronics and actors to weave a narrative of exceptional human endeavour. The performance is framed by historical episodes, from sandals to scandals, chariots to wheelchairs, outside track to winners’ podium. These are interwoven with works exploring the parallels between music and physical culture, in rhythms of pace, endurance, determination and achievement.

Texts and libretti for musical works are contributed by Rita Adam (Four Minute Mile), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dorando : An Olympic Tale) and Linda Redshaw (Outside Track). Additional non-musical drama pieces are contributed by Marcia Kelson and Dan Clarke.

In the run-up to the world premiere at All Saints West Dulwich, Cool Fusion is working on a local outreach project with Kids' Company in Lambeth, exploring the Cool Fusion's themes through percussion, movement, visual art and English. Some of the results will be unveiled at the All Saints performance.

This performance and outreach project are supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Mark Garnham : Fanfare for the Olympic Flame (London 2012)
David Arditti : Time and Tide
Cedric Peachey : Gold, Silver & Bronze
Alan Parsons : Fanfare for 2012
Mark Pampel : THE FINAL
Martin Jones : Four Minute Mile
Phil Baker : Triumphal Laurels – Canzona ii from Canzonae Olympiae for Brass Quartet & Timpani
Luca Tieppo : Dorando: An Olympic Tale
Mark Pampel : Against the Odds
Stuart Russell : Distance/Time
Alan Taylor : Episode I from Five Incomplete Episodes
Andy Bungay : Outside Track
Alan Hilton : Olympic Fanfare

21 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3.00pm 
Songs from the Exotic
King's Head Theatre, London
115 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QN
United Kingdom
02074780160
http://kingsheadtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873482965/events

Tickets: £12
Cerys Jones (mezzo-soprano)
Tim Watts (piano)


Quests for spiritual enlightenment and sensual discovery...memories of lovers, long ago and faraway...the incomparable strangeness of the everyday...
Ideas of the exotic are explored in all their mystery and potency in a programme of songs based on translations of Hindu, Spanish, Polish, Serbian, German and Gaelic poetry.


Gustav Holst : Vedic Hymns, Op. 24 (selection)
Samuel Barber : Three Songs, Op. 45
Foulds John : 'Exotic' (from 'Essays in the modes')
Judith Weir : Songs from the exotic
Tim Watts : White Shadow

22 Jul 
 
23 Jul 
 
24 Jul 
 
25 Jul 
 
26 Jul 
 
27 Jul 
 
28 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 7:30pm - 10:00pm 
Cool Fusion
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY
United Kingdom
http://www.efdss.org

Tickets: £12/£10 concessions, from ticketline.co.uk/cool-fusion or 0844 888 9991, booking fee applies
Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Putney Arts Theatre
Coronel Percussion
Cool Fusion Jazz
Cool Fusion Electronica
Mark Pampel (piano)

Cool Fusion is one of the largest voluntary-arts initiatives in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It presents a series of four performances of new music and drama in historic London venues, celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics within London's vibrant culture. It is a partnership of London Composers Forum, Colchester New Music and Putney Writers' Circle.

Developed collaboratively by twelve composers and four writers, Cool Fusion uses wind orchestra, percussion ensemble, electronics and actors to weave a narrative of exceptional human endeavour. The performance is framed by historical episodes, from sandals to scandals, chariots to wheelchairs, outside track to winners’ podium. These are interwoven with works exploring the parallels between music and physical culture, in rhythms of pace, endurance, determination and achievement.

Texts and libretti for musical works are contributed by Rita Adam (Four Minute Mile), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dorando : An Olympic Tale) and Linda Redshaw (Outside Track). Additional non-musical drama pieces are contributed by Marcia Kelson and Dan Clarke.

For the Cecil Sharp House performance, Cool Fusion is running a local outreach project with Kids' Company in Camden, exploring the Cool Fusion's themes through percussion and other art forms. Some of the results will be unveiled at this performance.

This performance and outreach project are supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Mark Garnham : Fanfare for the Olympic Flame (London 2012)
David Arditti : Time and Tide
Cedric Peachey : Gold, Silver & Bronze
Alan Parsons : Fanfare for 2012
Mark Pampel : THE FINAL
Martin Jones : Four Minute Mile
Phil Baker : Triumphal Laurels – Canzona ii from Canzonae Olympiae for Brass Quartet & Timpani
Luca Tieppo : Dorando: An Olympic Tale
Mark Pampel : Against the Odds
Stuart Russell : Distance/Time
Alan Taylor : Episode I from Five Incomplete Episodes
Andy Bungay : Outside Track
Alan Hilton : Olympic Fanfare

28 Jul



Scotland
 Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 7.30pm 
John Cage at 100
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: Free (unreserved seating) limited to 4 tickets per application (not suitable for young children).
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Tilbury piano+
Ilan Volkov conductor



Endlessly innovative, John Cage's music defied category and blurred the lines between composition, improvisation and performance art. A theorist, philosopher and artist, he remained at the forefront of the American avant-garde until his death in 1992. The BBC SSO celebrates the centenary of Cage's birth with an evening of genre-defying performances. His tireless experimentations in sound questioned what music can be. As well as his Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, the concert features music for the human voice, cassette players, percussion, and an amplified cactus played by the evening's curator and BBC SSO Principal Guest Conductor, Ilan Volkov.

The concert, which is also part of this year's Merchant City Festival, will be recorded for future broadcast in BBC Radio 3's Saturday late-night new music programme Hear and Now.



John Cage : Concerto for Prepared Piano
John Cage : Atlas Eclipticalis, Winter Music
John Cage : But what about the noise...
John Cage : ear for EAR (Antiphonies)
John Cage : Improvisation III
John Cage : Child of Tree

29 Jul 
 
30 Jul 
 
31 Jul 
 
1 Aug



Ireland
 Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 9am - 10pm 
ISSTA Conference
Cork School of Music
Union Quay, Cork, Irelnad
Ireland
http://issta.ie

Tickets: €40
The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) announces a Call for Submissions for its second annual Convocation. The four categories includes Musical Works, Sound Art/Installations, Papers/Posters and Workshops.

Noise has become ubiquitous in most of our lives. As listening is an imaginative activity, so noise is a cultural construct, and has always been a presence in our music, communication and environment. From Russolo to the post-digital arts, noise has been increasingly accepted into the realm of artistic practice as valid and evocative material. This Convocation will draw upon both science and art, theory and practice, in exploring these spaces and focuses on how contemporary science and technology affects the concept of noise.

The second annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation (ISSTC) will be held August 1-2, 2012 at the Cork School of Music and St. John’s College in Cork.

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) announces a Call for Submissions for its second annual Convocation. The four categories includes Musical Works, Sound Art/Installations, Papers/Posters and Workshops.

Noise has become ubiquitous in most of our lives. As listening is an imaginative activity, so noise is a cultural construct, and has always been a presence in our music, communication and environment. From Russolo to the post-digital arts, noise has been increasingly accepted into the realm of artistic practice as valid and evocative material. This Convocation will draw upon both science and art, theory and practice, in exploring these spaces and focuses on how contemporary science and technology affects the concept of noise.

The second annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation (ISSTC) will be held August 1-2, 2012 at the Cork School of Music and St. John’s College in Cork.


Karen Power : birds I view through cracks (2010)

1 Aug



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 1.00-2.00pm 
Lunchtime concert series
St John-at-Hampstead, London
Church Row, London NW3
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free concert
John Campbell Trumpet
Graeme Thewlis- Piano and Baritone

Chamber music-performances of works for Trumpet and Piano. Selection of English and British Sea Songs for Baritone and Piano.

Esther Hopkins : Kings Quoit (i) Dwelling Places

2 Aug 
 
3 Aug 
 
4 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 04, 2012 at 7:30pm - 10:00pm 
Cool Fusion
St Mary's Church, Putney
High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SN
United Kingdom
http://www.parishofputney.co.uk/stmarys/

Tickets: £12/£10 concessions, from ticketline.co.uk/cool-fusion or 0844 888 9991, booking fee applies
Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Putney Arts Theatre
Coronel Percussion
Cool Fusion Jazz
Cool Fusion Electronica
Mark Pampel (piano)

Cool Fusion is one of the largest voluntary-arts initiatives in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It presents a series of four performances of new music and drama in historic London venues, celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics within London's vibrant culture. It is a partnership of London Composers Forum, Colchester New Music and Putney Writers' Circle.

Developed collaboratively by twelve composers and four writers, Cool Fusion uses wind orchestra, percussion ensemble, electronics and actors to weave a narrative of exceptional human endeavour. The performance is framed by historical episodes, from sandals to scandals, chariots to wheelchairs, outside track to winners’ podium. These are interwoven with works exploring the parallels between music and physical culture, in rhythms of pace, endurance, determination and achievement.

Texts and libretti for musical works are contributed by Rita Adam (Four Minute Mile), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dorando : An Olympic Tale) and Linda Redshaw (Outside Track). Additional non-musical drama pieces are contributed by Marcia Kelson and Dan Clarke.

For this Wandsworth performance, Cool Fusion has been running outreach projects with Paddock School and local charity Regenerate-RISE.

This performance and outreach are supported by Wandsworth Borough Council and by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Mark Garnham : Fanfare for the Olympic Flame (London 2012)
David Arditti : Time and Tide
Cedric Peachey : Gold, Silver & Bronze
Alan Parsons : Fanfare for 2012
Mark Pampel : THE FINAL
Martin Jones : Four Minute Mile
Phil Baker : Triumphal Laurels – Canzona ii from Canzonae Olympiae for Brass Quartet & Timpani
Luca Tieppo : Dorando: An Olympic Tale
Mark Pampel : Against the Odds
Stuart Russell : Distance/Time
Alan Taylor : Episode I from Five Incomplete Episodes
Andy Bungay : Outside Track
Alan Hilton : Olympic Fanfare

5 Aug



United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 7.30pm 
NYOS & BBC SSO
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Tickets: £7.50-£36.00
National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra



We kick off with the London premiere of a new Fanfare by Ayrshire-born James MacMillan. Nicola Benedetti is in the spotlight for Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave gives the tuba its moment with her postcard from Loch Ness, while both tonight’s ensembles come together for one of Respighi’s glamorous Roman spectaculars



James MacMillan : Fanfare Upon One Note
Richard Wagner : The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overture
Max Bruch : Scottish Fantasy
Richard Strauss : Don Juan
Thea Musgrave : Loch Ness - a Postcard from Scotland
Ottorino Respighi : Pines of Rome

5 Aug



Austria
 Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 8.30 pm 
Salzburg contemporary 4
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Heinz Holliger, Conductor
Felix Renggli, Flute
Latvian Radio Choir
Kaspars Putnins, Chorus Master
Ensemble Contrechamps


Holliger’s works are shot through with such ghost-like webs of reference, which contain his life’s experiences, dreams, but also music he has conducted and performed. That is why as an interpreter, he loves those composers who write porous music, music that remains fragile and fleeting. The two composers whose works are performed atSalzburg contemporary next to Holliger fit this description: the Pole Witold Lutos³awski and the German Bernd Alois Zimmermann. They suffered under fascism and communism, and only escaped death narrowly during their youth. They wrote music that questioned itself, confessed its own insecurity, but also bore the inscription of rebellion, even crying out at times. The most extreme work is presumably Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, and it is a significant event that one of the most important operas since Mozart will now finally be produced in Salzburg.

Die Soldaten contains the full breadth of musical history, from the Middle Ages until today, from the most complex art music to folk music and jazz, a polyphonic web of references, stories, dreams and catastrophes, fed by a life experience that, in Zimmermann’s case, became so unbearable that he committed suicide. What is still relatively contained within the workings of the opera in Die Soldatenfinally breaks out openly in the Ekklesiastische Aktion: the tension of his times, the armament race, the bankrupting of all values, and Zimmermann’s own hopelessness are combined into one monumental gesture of desperation.

Alongside these works, Holliger’s Scardanelli-Zyklus seems like an ecclesiastical exercise. In 1806, Hölderlin, 36 years old at the time, sought refuge in the Tower in Tübingen, where he was to live for 37 years as a so-called madman, a recluse from the world, and only wrote occasionally in exchange for pipe tobacco, poems that are bright and cheerful and betray nothing of his former pains. He often signed them “Scardanelli”. Heinz Holliger was 36 when he began to study these late Hölderlin poems in 1975, and over the course of 15 years, he turned them into an ever-growing Scardanelli Cycle. This Scardanelli Cycle is another web into which Hölderlin’s life, his work, the flute music he played are woven.

Heinz Holliger’s second commission from the Salzburg Festival is a work for the winds and brass of the Vienna Philharmonic. During a serious illness, as he experienced breathlessness and a shortness of air – especially frightening to an oboist – Holliger conceived this music. We will hear sounds that might revive the Bunsen burner dream of Heinz Holliger’s boyhood.



Heinz Holliger : Scardanelli-Zyklus for solo flute, small orchestra, tape and mixed choir

6 Aug



United Kingdom
 Monday, August 06, 2012 at 7 pm 
Bernstein Mass
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Tickets: £7.50-£36
Morten Frank Larsen Bass-baritone

Julius Foo Treble

National Youth Choir of Wales
Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal
Musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
BBC National Chorus of Wales



Conductor Kristjan Järvi



Less a religious work than a theatrical happening, Bernstein's Mass receives its first complete Proms performance, conducted by one of its most ardent champions, and supported by a spectrum of talented Welsh children and adult musicians. Using a mix of highbrow and vernacular styles, Bernstein created a rich, quintessentially American score that has recently begun to emerge as a modern classic.



Leonard Bernstein : Mass

7 Aug



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Wagner, Bruckner & MacMillan
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Juanjo Mena conductor
Manchester Chamber Choir (Proms debut)
Northern Sinfonia Chorus (Proms debut)
Rushley Singers (Proms debut)



Juanjo Mena presents a major world premiere before offering his acclaimed reading of a sonorous yet dangerously eruptive Bruckner symphony.

First though, there's the emblematic love of Tristan and Isolde, expressed through music dark in sound and revolutionary in harmony. James MacMillan's works have enjoyed regular success at the Proms since the first performance of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie was given here in 1990.

As with Bruckner, MacMillan's communicative power is often associated with expressions of faith, and the unveiling of Credo, has been keenly awaited.


Richard Wagner : Tristan and Isolde - Prelude (Act 1)
James MacMillan : Credo (BBC co-commission; World Premiere)
Anton Bruckner : Symphony No. 6 in A major

7 Aug



Austria
 Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Salzburg contemporary 5
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Thomas Zehetmair, Ruth Killius, Thomas Demenga




Bernd Zimmermann : Sonata for Violin Solo
J.S Bach : Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C, BWV 1005
Bernd Zimmermann : Sonata for Viola Solo
Giacinto Scelsi : Manto for Viola Solo
J.S Bach : Suite for Cello Solo in D, BWV 1012
Bernd Zimmermann : Sonata for Cello Solo

8 Aug 
 
9 Aug



United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 09, 2012 at 6.30pm 
Sibelius, Delius, Grieg & Nørgård
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Roderick Williams baritone
Steven Osborne piano
John Storgårds conductor



In his first Prom as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds bookends his programme with two Sibelius symphonies.

Delius's decadent Cynara serves as a vocal upbeat to Grieg's evergreen piano concerto. The remaining element is new to these shores, an exciting and dynamic work from the prolific, unpredictable doyen of Nordic symphonists.


Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 6 in D minor
Frederick Delius : Cynara
Per Nørgård : Symphony No. 7 (UK Premiere)
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 3 in C major

10 Aug



Austria
 Friday, August 10, 2012 at 8.30 pm 
Salzburg contemporary 6
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Johannes Kalitzke, Anders Nyqvist, Klangforum Wien




Bernd Zimmermann : Suite from Das Gelb und das Grün
Gyorgy Ligeti : Mysteries of the Macabre for solo trumpet and chamber orchestra
Bernd Zimmermann : Un "petit rien"
Hans Eisler : Suite No. 3, Op. 26, from the music to the film Kuhle Wampe
Igor Stravinsky : Dumbarton Oaks - Concerto in E flat
Bernd Zimmermann : Metamorphose

11 Aug 
 
12 Aug 
 
13 Aug 
 
14 Aug



Scotland
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 8 pm 
London Philharmonic Orchestra at EIF
Usher Hall
Edinburgh
Scotland

Tickets: £12 - £42
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor

Tatiana Monogarova Soprano
Sergei Skorokhodov Tenor
Vladimir Chernov Baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master



Tolling Russian bells resound throughout the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s all-Russian programme. Rachmaninov’s grand choral symphony The Bells charts a startling journey from birth to death in music of jubilation, passion and redemption. Vladimir Jurowski directs three Russian-born soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in this moving masterpiece based on verse by Edgar Allan Poe.

The same writer is the inspiration behind the vivid musical storytelling in Myaskovsky’s Silentium, which follows Edison Denisov’s mysterious and impressionistic Bells in the Fog. The colourful Second Concerto for Orchestra by Rodion Shchedrin, named ‘The Chimes’, evokes the bells and powerfully expressive chant of ancient Russia.

‘The orchestral sound glowed, glittered and swooned’ The Guardian



Rodion Shchedrin : Concerto for Orchestra No 2 ‘The Chimes’
Nikolai Myaskovsky : Silentium
Edison Denisov : Bells in the Fog
Sergei Rachmaninov : The Bells

14 Aug



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 10 pm 
London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms 2012
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

André de Ridder conductor
Tom Service on-stage presenter
Byron Fulcher trombone
Sound Intermedia sound projection
London Sinfonietta
London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble


A pocket history of post-war music

In a late-night prom the London Sinfonietta present a programme showcasing a diverse selection of contemporary techniques and styles developed since the mid-twentieth century. Solo instrumental writing sits side-by-side with large orchestral forces, electronic techniques, aleatoric composition, and experimentalism in this programme which features György Ligeti's rarely-performed Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes, Jonathan Harvey's Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco composed using electronic techniques and recordings of Winchester Cathedral's largest bell, and John Cage's famous 4'33''.

In Louis Andriessen's 1983 work De Snelheid for large orchestra divided into three seperate ensembles, the London Sinfonietta are joined by players from the London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble.



Gyorgy Ligeti : Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
Luciano Berio : Sequenza V (for solo trombone)
Iannis Xenakis : Phlegra
Jonathan Harvey : Mortuos plango, vivos voco
Louis Andriessen : De Snelheid
John Cage : 4’33

14 Aug



Switzerland
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Brass Ensemble | Lutz Köhler | Birgit Remmert
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch



The phrase “Brass Ensemble” isn’t associated only with swinging rhythms, lively medleys, and the immortal sounds of the music hall. Even the Bible ascribed a very special role to wind instruments, especially when they appear in larger formations. Think of the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, when 120 trumpeters are said to have played, or of the seven “trumpets of rams’ horns” that rang out as the walls of Jericho fell. And contemporary composers have also recognized the spiritual potential of brass instruments—which is exactly why the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Brass Ensemble is able to perform a program of nothing but original works this year. All of them are eminently suited to the theme of “Faith,” from pieces by the Russians Sofia Gubaidulina and Galina Ustvolskaya and by the Karlsruhe master Wolfgang Rihm to music by Carl Ruggles and Einojuhani Rautavaara, who commune with angels.



Sofia Gubaidulina : In the Beginning There Was Rhythm
Carl Ruggles : “Angels” for Muted Brass
Wolfgang Rihm : Sine Nomine I
Galina Ustvolskaya : Symphony No. 4 “Prayer”
Samuel Barber : “Mutations from Bach” for four french horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, and timpani
Einojuhani Rautavaara : “Playground for Angels” for four trumpets, four trombones, french horn, and tuba
Galina Ustvolskaya : Symphony No. 5 “Amen”
Sofia Gubaidulina : Risonanza

15 Aug



Austria
 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 3 pm 
Salzburg contemporary 10 • Family Concert
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Johannes Kalitzke, Horst Maria Merz, oenm • oesterreichisches ensemble für neue musik




Bernd Zimmermann : Die fromme Helene by Wilhelm Busch as a “Rondo popolare" for speaker and ensemble
Friedrich Cerha : 1. Keintate for medium voice (chansonnier) and instruments

16 Aug 
 
17 Aug



United Kingdom
 Friday, August 17, 2012 at 7.45pm 
Cage Centenary Celebration
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Tickets: £7.50-£36.00
John Tilbury piano, prepared piano
Frank Denyer piano
Aki Takahashi piano
Christian Wolff piano
David Behrman live electronics
Takehisa Kosugi live electronics
Keith Rowe
Vicki Bennett
Steve Beresford
Adam Bohman
Jonathan Bohman
John Butcher
Karen Constance
Angharad Davies
Rhodri Davies
Patrick Farmer
Ram Gabay
Christoph Heemann
Lina Lapelyte
John Lely
Anton Lukoszevieze
Dylan Nyoukis
Mariam Rezaei
Robyn Schulkowsky
Exaudi
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra



To mark the centenary of John Cage's birth, Ilan Volkov has curated a programme that reflects the composer's iconoclastic thinking, fertile imagination and arresting humour.

John Tilbury, who has for decades been associated with Cage's work tonight plays the exquisitely beautiful Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra. Cassette players and plucked cactuses are just two examples of the blindingly original yet almost naively simple thinking that saw Cage - wittingly or otherwise - upturn practically every musical rule in the book.



John Cage : 101
John Cage : Improvisation III
Christian Marclay : Luggage 2012 - improvisation for orchestra
John Cage : Atlas eclipticalis/Winter Music/Cartridge Music
John Cage : Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra
John Cage : Four2
John Cage : But what about the noise of crumpling paper ...
John Cage : Experiences II
John Cage : ear for EAR (Antiphonies)
John Cage : Branches

18 Aug



Switzerland
 Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11 am 
Collegium Novum Zürich | Wilfried Hiller | Elsbeth Moser | Hubert Nettinger | Elisabet Woska
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Collegium Novum Zürich: Bettina Boller violin | Martina Schucan violoncello | Simon Lamothe-Falardeau tuba | Christoph Keller piano | Wilfried Hiller conductor (Hiller) | Hubert Nettinger tenor (Hiller) | Elsbeth Moser bayan | Elisabet Woska narrator (Hiller) | Stefan Blum percussion | Thomas Hastreiter percussion | Werner Hofmeister percussion | Edith Salmen percussion | Sebastian Hollunder piano and organ (Hiller)



“My way of working is essentially different from that of other composers,” Galina Ustvolskaya once observed. “I write when I find myself in a state of grace.” Music as worship, as testimony to a higher inspiration? This concert launches the Credo series with a gathering of four composers whose works also contain a spiritual message: first is Sofia Gubaidulina, who musically traces the symbol of the cross in her duo “In croce” and who depicts the soul’s ascent into heavenly heights in “De profundis,” which was inspired by Psalm 130 (“Out of the depths, o Lord, I cry to You”). Her Bavarian colleague Wilfried Hiller similarly drew on a biblical text for his monodrama from 1979, “Ijob”: the story of a man who loses everything because God wishes to test his faith.



Wilfried Hiller : Ijob
Galina Ustvolskaya : Piano Sonata No. 6
Galina Ustvolskaya : Composition No. 1 “Dona nobis pacem”
Sofia Gubaidulina : “In croce” for Violoncello and Bayan
Sofia Gubaidulina : “De profundis” for Solo Bayan
Sofia Gubaidulina : “Silenzio” for Bayan, Violin, and Violoncello

18 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 3 pm 
Proms Saturday Matinee
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
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Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
London Sinfonietta Voices

Mezzo-soprano: Lucy Schaufer
Counter-tenor: Andrew Watts
Piano: Huw Watkins
Narrator: Samuel West



Linked Ophelia pieces by Oliver Knussen, 60 this year, follow Alexander Goehr’s reflection on Bach’s compositional procedures, which Knussen himself premiered, wearing his conductor’s hat.

Also born in 1952, Simon Bainbridge has developed a darker, less mercurial kind of idiom. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s extraordinary triptych, his eagerly awaited new work is a labyrinthine journey featuring mezzo-soprano and counter-tenor.

There will be no interval.



Alexander Goehr : … a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) …
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia Dances
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia's Last Dance
Simon Bainbridge : The Garden of Earthly Delights

19 Aug



Switzerland
 Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11 am 
Ensemble intercontemporain | Pablo Heras-Casado
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
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Ensemble intercontemporain | Pablo Heras-Casado conductor



It was a series of paintings by Francis Bacon that inspired Philippe Manoury to compose his “Fragments pour un Portrait.” Much as Bacon brought a new perspective to Velázquez’s “Portrait of Pope Innocent X,” Manoury deployed the same musical material for the seven movements of his ensemble piece—and in the process created seven different manifestations of an imaginary single-movement piece. Michael Jarrell was similarly inspired by other artistic disciplines: “La Chambre aux Échos,” which was commissioned by LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2010 and which will now be performed in its completed version, draws on Richard Powers’s novel by the same name and explores the phenomenon of memory and of the genesis of feelings. Led by Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, the Ensemble intercontemporain will present an exemplary performance that will also serve as a point of reference for students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, who themselves will then perform Jarrell’s score as part of their concert on 1 September.



Sean Shepherd : “Blur” for Ensemble
Michael Jarrell : "La Chambre aux Échos" for Ensemble
Philippe Manoury : “Fragments pour un Portrait” for Large Ensemble

19 Aug



Switzerland
 Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 6.30 pm 
Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz | Latvian National Choir | Andres Mustonen | Soloists
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
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Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz | State Choir "Latvija" | Andres Mustonen conductor | Raminta Vaicekauskaitë soprano | Mati Turi tenor | Vytautas Juozapaitis baritone | Gennadi Bezzubenkov bass



Sofia Gubaidulina faced a dilemma when she took up a commission to compose a Passion for the Bach anniversary year in 2000: “In Russian liturgical practice, there is no Passion tradition,” she remarked. “The Orthodox Church’s practice is to avoid any reference to personal representation or characterization and to anything theatrical.” Yet Gubaidulina solved the problem by freely combining excerpts from the Passion narrative told in the Gospel of St. John with verses from the visionary Book of Revelation, often setting them to music simultaneously. Her “St. John Passion” is closer to a ritual than to a theological plot. Shortly after the world premiere, she complemented the Passion with another large-scale work, the oratorio “St. John Easter” (2002), which focuses on the events involving the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Together they form a diptych that is her opus summum—and a centerpiece of this summer’s career retrospective in Lucerne.



Sofia Gubaidulina : St. John Passion
Sofia Gubaidulina : St. John Easter
Sofia Gubaidulina : In Russian

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