Today at 7 pm ONO - Ostrava New Orchestra will debut. The international symphony orchestra made up of 85 musicians from 20 countries was founded for the needs of this years Ostrava Days Festival. These students and absolvents of music academies are intensively rehearsing contemporary compositions in Ostrava since the August 17. A 'new' concert hall was established for their performance tonight, Triple Hall Karolina is therefore ready for an onset of contemporary music.
Joining ONO for tonight concert are soloists Hana Kotková on violin, who will perform the Czech premiere of Salvatore Sciarrinos famous violin concerto. Holger Falk and Tamás Schlanger will perform a double concert for baritone, percussions and large orchestra, one of the most important works of Iannis Xenakis. Bruno Ferrandis, Petr Kotík and Carl Bettendorf will conduct ONO tonight.
"ONO reminds me of Bouleze Lucerne Festival Academy, with the difference that we only focus on contemporary music. ONO is in the service of present composers to best prepare the festival programme. I am very satisfied with the level of the orchestra, ONO plays with concentration and interest." Remarks German conductor Carl Bettendorf. Aside from Petr Kotík, Bruno Ferrandis from Paris and Canadian conductor Owen Underhill will also lead the ONO orchestra.
ONO has three concerts during Ostrava Days - ONO FIRST TIME (Triple Hall Karolina, today at 19.00), RADICAL PAST (Antonín Dvořák Theatre, 30.8. 20:00, radio debut in real time) and CLOSING CONCERT (Triple Hall Karolina 2.9. 19:00). Included in the repertoire of ONO are works by Iannis Xenakis, Salvatore Sciarrino, Phill Niblock, Morton Feldman, Richard Strauss, Charles Ives, John Cage, Bernhard Lang, Olga Neuwirth and ten compositions by residents of the Ostrava Days Institute, the youngest group of composers.