From June 25-27, Vladimir Martynov’s opera, ‘The Exercises and Dances of Guido‘, staged by Georgy Isaakyan, will be performed at the Moscow Youth Music Theater. The opera concerns modern music notation systems founded in 10th and 11th centuries by a Benedictine monk, Guido d’Arezzo.
On July 19 and 20, the world premiere of the theater adaptation of Hemingway’s great novel, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, will take place at the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre in Russia. The play was commissioned by the International Tchekhov Theater Festival. Following the world premiere, there will be a second set of performances, on September 30 and October 1, also at the Vakhtangov Theatre. The stage direction, adaptation of the novel, and set design is by Anatoly Vassiliev, with music performed by Ensemble Opus Posth. The piece is dedicated to the centenary of the birth of renowned Russian conductor, Yuri Lyubimov.
On July 23, Vladimir Martynov is a guest of the Festival Assisi Suono Sacro (Italy) for a composer portrait at the Cattedrale di San Rufino in Assisi. The program’s high-point will be the world premiere of ‘The Beatitudes‘ in the version specially made for ensemble Assisi Suono Sacro, with Martynov at the piano.
On July 5, Joey Roukens’ orchestral piece ‘Morphic Waves‘ will have its Italian premiere in Rome with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Kristian Jarvi. The concert will take place during the outdoor summer festival, Luglio Suona Bene.
Patrick van Deurzen
Patrick van Deurzen’s ‘Cimbalom concerto‘ was premiered April 29, 2017, with great enthusiasm and success. The 6th concerto in the Rotterdam Concerto Series at De Doelen, the concerto was inspired by the novel by Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, and features the unusual instrument, the cimbalom, as soloist. Recordings were made during the rehearsals and concert, and you can watch the trailer below to see highlights of the concert, as well as see fragments of interviews by the composer, conductor Conrad van Alphen, and soloist Jan Rokyta.