Willem Jeths: Conductus – Constructio

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Conductus – Constructio by Willem Jeths. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
On May 18th, 1940 the city Rotterdam started to rebuild of the city after the bombings during World War II…
Willem Jeth’s works are a diptych of destruction and resurrection…   

Commissioned by the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
to the 75th commemoration of the Rotterdam bombardment.
Written with financial support of the family Von Weiler.

Commissioned by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
This composition reflects on the Rotterdam concept of “Opbouwdag” (Building Day), which is 18 May each year. This date stems from 18 May 1940, the day the city council of Rotterdam started developing a new plan after the bombardment on 14 May 1940.

At the same concert, Ralph van Raat will be the soloist in the Piano Concerto of Tristan Keuris

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World premiere Marijn Simons ‘AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert’

On May 18th the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Groot Omroepkoor will bring the world premiere of Marijn Simons (1982) – Etoile de la Mer. The work will be broadcasted in The Netherlands, Spain, at the Saarländischer Rundfunk, and in Romania, Poland and Bulgaria…   

It is already Marijn Simons’s 3rd commission for this AVROTROS Vrijdagconcer series. He wrote already a Trombone concerto ‘Visiting the Angels’ (2009) and his Fourth Symphony (2012). Simons likes to work with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. ‘They are without doubt one of the best orchestras in the Netherlands.

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Cooperation: Asko|Schönberg, Donemus and Newzik

Ensemble Asko|Schönberg, music publisher Donemus and French software company Newzik are initiating a joint innovative pilot that forms the basis for further collaboration between composer, publisher and ensemble and orchestras, making use of the latest technological developments…   

Newzik has developed software that enables collaborative sheet music reading on iPads. During the concert (De)construction of Asko|Schönberg on 17 May 2018 in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, this software on iPad will be used for the first time in the Netherlands.

The digital solution
Sheet music on tablets is not new. However, the company Newzik is developing a technology that, in the near future, guarantees publishing rights and copyright. This enables safe distribution, copying, editing and archiving of scores and the copyright is protected.

How does it work and what are the benefits?
The music of Yannis Kyriakides – ‘Der Komponist’, supplied by Donemus is put into the new software by Newzik and sent to the ensemble. During the rehearsals, all remarks that are made by the conductor and musicians are immediately recorded in all files (parts) and saved for the future. This not only makes rehearsing more efficient, it is also very important that knowledge about play methods and techniques is recorded and archived. This is of great importance for Asko|Schönberg, because the ensemble often collaborates with the composer. Not only the remarks but also all personal cues, a wealth of added information, are immortalized.

This new development paves the way for a definite switch from the old paper sheet music to the digital age. The initiative is also embraced abroad. In its short existence, Newzik has been able to bind Die Wiener Staatsoper and various orchestras in France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Granddaughter Biljana Urban presents Jan Urban

On May 15th Biljana Urban will perform some works of her grandfather Jan Urban (1875–1952). This will be organized by in Vienna in their series “Echo des Unerhörten” Donemus will publish some of his works…   

Biljana Urban, pianist in The Netherlands, will perform with Orsolya Korcsolán (violin). Ethel Merhaut (soprano) and Sándor Károlyi (piano). Irene Suchy will moderate a discussion with Biljana and Dr. Michael Haas.

The Czech born composer and conductor Jan Urban, after graduating from the Prague Conservatory in 1897, accepted an invitation by the Serbian Government and settled in the Kingdom of Serbia, in March 1899. He was part of around 250 Czech musicians, who in the last decades of the 19th century emigrated to the Southern Slav countries in order to improve local musical culture. Serbia was particularly interesting to them as the free country in Europe not dominated by the Ottoman or Habsburg empires…. (Read more about Treasured composer Jan Urban)

In June there will be an exhibition on Jan Urban in Vienna and on May 24th Biljana Urban will talk about this exhibition in Vienna and the works of her grandfather in Opium live.

On October 9th Biljana will give a recital in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Stay tuned for more details…

Donemus will publish some of his works in cooperation with Biljana Urban. First Album available soon.

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World premiere Klas Torstensson – L’autunno di Christina

Operadagen Rotterdam and de Doelen present the world premiere of ‘L’autunno di Christina’, commissioned by de Doelen…   

Sinfonietta Riga, together with violinist Joseph Puglia and soprano Charlotte Riedijk, performs the first three parts of the versatile Christina Cycle by Klas Torstensson. This consists of three works on texts by and about the Swedish queen Christina (1626-1689): a particularly intriguing, heroic woman who immersed herself in alchemy and astronomy, revolted against traditional femininity, did not want to marry and renounced herself the throne. She spent her last years in Rome as a patron of theater, sculpture and music.

composition: Klas Torstensson
conductor: Normunds Sne
soprano: Charlotte Riedijk
performance: Sinfonietta Riga

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Disturbing Light – Rieteke Hölscher

Ensemble Cross Meeting with Kirsti Apajalahti (violin) & Rieteke Hölscher (piano) will give the Try-out concert of cross-art production – an experience in sound and image called ‘Disturbing Light’…   

Disturbing Light is a co-production of visual designer Marij Janssen and composer Rieteke Hölscher. Inspired by the “Dutch Light”, the artist designed a cloud of people who disturb and confuse the light and cast strange shadows on the wall. Figures pass by in an ever-changing movement, accompanied by acoustic instruments – violin / piano – and electronic sounds that seem to come from nature.

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Golden Mask 2018 for Alexey Sioumak

Composer Alexey Sioumak has received the most prestigious Russian theater award ‘Golden Mask’ for his opera ‘Cantos’ in the Best Composer’s Work in Theater category on April 15 at the award ceremony in the Bolshoi Theater (Moscow)…   

Cantos’, a production by Perm Opera and Ballet Theater composed by Alexey Sioumak and performed under famous conductor Teodor Currentzis, has got its world premiere in December 2016 in Perm and immediately got a huge attention by public and press. Press call it performance–mysteria. It has been staged by well-known Russian stage director Semen Aleksandrovsky, who has been also the Light Director. Cantos has been nominated for Golden Mask in 7 categories. The Golden Mask is a National Theatre Award established in 1993 for productions in all genres of theatre art: drama, opera, ballet, modern dance, operetta, musical, and puppet theatre. Golden Mask is also an all-Russian Performing Arts Festival that takes place in Moscow in the spring of each year, presenting the most significant performances from all over Russia. The main festival program includes Russian productions, selected by experts from among the premieres of the previous season and nominated for the Golden Mask Award. During the festival the two juries – one for drama and one for musical theatre – composed of recognized Russian actors, directors, conductors, choreographers and theatre critics – decide on the winners of the Golden Mask Award in over thirty nominations. The Awards are made at the Golden Mask Awards Ceremony in mid April.

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Nimrod Borenstein; world premiere by Tania Stavreva at NY

Billboard Top 10 international multi-award winning artist and “Bulgarian-born piano dynamo” (Time Out NY) Tania Stavreva will present unique, exciting and inspiring program of new piano music written by composers from USA, Israel/UK, Bulgaria, France and Germany. The program will include a World Premiere by  Tango Etude Op. 66, No. 3 (written for Tania Stavreva) by Nimrod Borenstein (b.1969)…   

“The Tango Étude is the third of my études for solo piano. One of my aim in writing the études was that each of them would be different so that all of them could be performed together if desired when the cycle is finished in a few years time (my current idea being to reach the magic number twenty four during the next ten years). As my first étude (the Ostinato Étude) is extremely fast, energetic and manic and my second étude (The Half Moon Étude) is grandiose, dramatic and mostly slow I decided that this third étude would be more playful. Having written a tango as one of the movements of my music for ballet Suspended opus 69 a few years ago I always wanted to explore again the medium and thought that the étude would be an ideal canvas for this proud dance.”
(Nimrod Borenstein)

April 8th, Marc A. Scorca Recital Hall at the National Opera Center 330 Seventh Avenue

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Listen to Ostinato Étude premiered by Irina Lankova

Loevendie and Kyriakides at ASKO|Schönberg

On April 21 in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam ASKO|SCHONBERG ensemble with Nora Fischer (vocal) and Etienne Siebens (conductor) will present in the program Voices two impressive Donemus-works: Six Turkish Folk Poems by Theo Loevendie and The Arrest by Yannis Kyriakides…   

In Six Turkish Folk Poems, now a classic of the modern repertoire, the Dutch composer Theo Loevendie shows a great openness and playfulness and chose six worldly, direct and humorous texts for his mysterious songs.

The Arrest by Kyriakides, for ensemble, soundtrack and videotext, is based on a dream – more of a nightmare – by writer Georges Perec. This is published in the bundle La Boutique Obscure (The dark shop). The dream in which he is chased and picked up by the police refers to his Jewish history and the Jewish-Palestinian conflict, in which Perec occupies a pro-Palestinian position.

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Six Turkish Folk Poems
The Arrest