Since its opening this year, the festival is enjoying high visitor rates, with great interest in the concerts of contemporary music especially from young audiences. After the triple concert at the BrickHouse in the premises of Hlubina Coal Mine (08/19), the Long Night with an 18-hour program running simultaneously on several scenes (08/20-21), Minimarathon of Electronic Music (08/21) and yesterday’s great orchestral opening at Triple Hall Karolina, the Ostrava Days festival continues in the following days until Saturday August 28 (included). Triple Hall Karolina, Cathedral of the Divine Saviour, Brickouse of the Hlubina Coal Mine, Jiří Myron Theatre or the Janáček Conservatory Ostrava: venues for orchestras, ensembles, solos, choirs and even electronics. Ostravská banda as well as Prague Philharmonia, the Brno BCO ensemble as well as musicians from Talinn. Canticum Ostrava or Dystopic Requiem Quartet: 12 more concert events yet to come!
Highlights of the program:
Monday, August 23, 7 pm / Triple Hall Karolina. World and Czech premieres of compositions of Luboš Mrkvička, Jan Jirucha, Ana Sokolić, Roland Dahinden and Miro Tóth. Soloists Hana Kotková (violin), Chris Nappi (drums), Gareth Davis (bass clrinet) and Irena Troupová (soprano). One great festival event deserves a special mention: the rendition of a very difficult Xenakis piece Persephassa for 6 percussion players who will perform on approximately 60 percussion instruments.
Tuesday, August 24, 7 pm / Cathedral of the Divine Saviour. Vocal as well as vocal-instrumental compositions with (not only) a spiritual legacy. Ana Sokolović, Haštal Hapka, Sourena Mosleh, Raven Chacon, Bernhard Lang and Petr Kotík. Another concert starting at 9 pm, Isaiah’s Prophecy: a subtle encounter with the music world of Pavel Zemek Novák.
Wednesday August 25, 7 pm / BrickHouse, Hlubina Mine. Brno Contemporary Orchestra visiting Ostrava. Led by conductor Pavel Šnajdr, the orchestra will perform three pieces of Czech composers (Michal Rataj, Martin Smolka, Peter Graham) and one of the residents of the Ostrava Days Institute Estera Wityńska. At 8:30 pm a concert in memory of genius composer and pianist of the 20th and 21st century, Frederic Rzewski, will take place. His iconic De Profundis as well as other works from Rzewski's legacy will be performed by pianist Daan Vandewalle.
Thursday, August 26, 7 pm / Triple Hall Karolina. The second appearance of Ostravská banda, this time on its own, and the world premieres of recent compositions of Phill Niblock, Miya Masaoka, Petr Bakla, Michal Wróblewski andBernhard Lang. Virtuoso solos performed by pianist Miroslav Beinhauer or violinist Hana Kotková.
Friday, August 27, 4 pm / Jiří Myron Theatre. An exclusive afternoon encore: an hour-long piece of Jordan Dykstra for drums, piano and electronics oscillating on the boundary between unknown (improvised) and familiar parts. The unknown is inspired by celestial events and cosmic objects which assume their sonic form in the course of this process. Starting at 6 pm, another principal event of this year’s Ostrava Days will take place: compositions of Alois Hába for sixth-tone harmonium and ensemble. This unique instrument returns to Ostrava again thanks to the generosity of the Czech Museum of Music which kindly provided it to the festival. The piece will be performed by Ensemble for New Music Tallinn, featuring Miroslav Beinhauer, the only person in the world who can play this “bizarre” instrument. From 9 pm a grave piece of Miro Tóth Black Angels Songs will be performed by Czech-Slovak Dystopic Requiem Quartet. Depending on the weather that evening, the work will be performed either on the bank of the Ostravice river or at the Church of St. Wenceslas.
Saturday, August 28. 11:00 am / Janáček Conservatory. Matinee featuring the program of compositions by residents/ young composers of the Ostrava Days institute who spent three weeks working on their music in Ostrava. 4 pm Triple Hall Karolina and the rendition of Studi per l'intonazione del mare (Studies for Tuning of the Sea) of idiosyncratic Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino: countertenor, flutes, saxophones and acoustics of the roofed square. 6 pm: The closing concert of the festival. Compositions of Martin Smolka and Stephen Morris or virtuoso solos by Ondřej Vrabec and Tamás Pálfalvi in the works of scientist Petr Cígler and renowned Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth. Prague Philharmonia performing for the very first time at Ostrava Days.