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Last weekend marked the end of Ostrava Days!
Ostrava, September 2, 2019 ••• For three weeks in August (22-31), ten venues, including both banks of the Ostravice river, became the sites of the jubilee 10th Ostrava Days: Institute and Festival of new, avant-garde and experimental music of the present day and approximately the last 50 years. Over the course of 10 festival days, 14 concerts (including one 18hour-long “Long Night”) and 80 compositions were played as planned, amounting to the total of 50 hours of music, a great majority of which had never been heard in the Czech Republic before. The program featured compositions of 21-year old students next to those oflegendary composers aged over 80: Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski or Alvin Curran, who all came to Ostrava and assumed the roles of performers. Czech composers, whose compositions appeared in the program this year, included Michal Rataj, Petr Cígler, Petr Bakla, Petr Kotík, Miroslav Srnka, Jaroslav Šťastný or Lucie Vítková. From composers of great international renown in the present, Chaya Czernowin, Isabel Mundry, Marc Sabat, Klaus Langor Bernhard Lang, among others, came to Ostrava. Thus, dozens of composers and two hundred musicians converged on Ostrava, fulfilling the legacy of Ostrava Days together: To play music which is composed here and now and hear it instantly as it used to be in the time of Bach, Mozart or Janáček, to experience the music in the “normal” situationin whichit is not relegated to the status of a “museum piece”,  but forms a part of our lives. Many compositions were commissioned by this year's festival and were inspired by it. 

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Ostrava Days Approaching its Climax!!!
Ostrava, August 30, 2019 ••• Two doyens of original and free music, piano virtuoso Frederic Rzewski and his colleague Alvin Curran, who played the kudu horn in Ostrava, were rewarded with intense applause. On Tuesday, organ and orchestra thundered in the cathedral and then silence set in with the conceptual composition of Yves Klein. On Wednesday, jazz and art rock was on the programe of Studio Dan from Vienna. The Thursday night of string quartets, featuring the famous Quatuor Bozini from Montreal, signaled that contemporary music in Ostrava is entering its final days. The concerts started on 22 August and since then, they have been offering a wide spectrum of perspectives on what contemporary music was, is and will be in the future. Listeners from all around the world converge on the Moravian-Silesian metropolis despite the fact Ostrava Days are miles distant from the mainstream.

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The Joy of Discovering the Not Yet Heard Together
Ostrava, August 26, 2019 ••• Four concert days with more than 30 hours of music have elapsed since the festival of new/and experimental music Ostrava Days started. A plentiful and enthusiastic audience have enjoyed The Long Night (18hour music marathon, featuring, among others, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Fluxus creations), as well as the Minimarathon of Electronic Musicat Mine Michal or the great Orchestra Opening at the industrial setting of the Karolina Triple Hall, which reached its climax with Bernhard Lang’s Loops for Davis featuring virtuoso bass clarinetist Gareth Davis and the ONO – Ostrava New Orchestra of 80 players. Performers’ tireless work, enormous enthusiasm and zeal for the compositions of today, great, enthusiastic audiences and joy from discovering the not yet heard together – such is the atmosphere currently prevailing at Ostrava Days, a unique festival devoted to the music of the 21st century.

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We are almost there!!! Ostrava Days Festival to Start in 10 days
Ostrava, August 12, 2019 ••• Around two hundred musicians will converge on Ostrava to take part in the 10th biennial edition of one of the biggestfestivals in the world devoted to contemporary classical music and its alternativeforms. How do young artists from Europe, America or Asia compose today? What music worlds willbe offered by the most experienced composers and performers whorose to their fame through leading record labels, by teaching at universities orby the sole virtue oftheir original works? Which iconic worksof avant-gardists from the pasttimeswill Ostrava revisit this year? These three fundamental questions of the „Oudees“ will be answered in the course of 10 festival days from 22nd to 31st August. On the map of this year’s Ostrava days events areindustrial settings, the theatre, cathedral as well as the river Ostravice: In all of these venues, you will have the chance to encounter orchestral compositions, opera, choir, chamber and conceptual works, electronic music as well as happenings. A festival, which could easily fill up the program of not just one, but three festivals: Ostrava is magnanimous!

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Great Orchestras amidst the Ostrava Industrial Backdrop!
ONO and PRSO Performing at the Ostrava Days Festival
Ostrava, May 7, 2019 ••• Over the course of its 10-day programme (22 - 31/08), the Festival Ostrava Days is planning two extraordinary orchestral concerts. The former industrial buildings belonging to the complexes of Žofín Steelworks and Karolina Coking Plant located half-way between the historical centreof the city and the industrial agglomeration Vítkovice, will be transformed into a concert hall as well as a theatrstage. The grand orchestral opening of the festival with both world and Czech premieres of new compositions in the Triple Hall Karolina will take place on Sunday, August 25 and the festival will be brought to an end with an avant-garde opera performance on Saturday, August 31. The opening concert, which will surely abound in extraordinary feats, will be performed by the international orchestra of young musicians Ostrava New Orchestra (ONO) and the closing concert will be handled by Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Ostrava Days in August 2019 for the Tenth Time!

18-hour music marathon, Czech and world premieres, Feldman's opera and music for Harley-Davidson
Ostrava, February 26, 2019 ••• New compositions written commissioned by the Festival, participation of composers of the young generation as well as world-famous composer of today, revisiting the beginnings of the avant-garde and extraordinary compositions of recent years, electronic music and sound happenings performed by leading soloists and composers, Ostravská banda chamber orchestra, ONO / Ostrava New Orchestra, Canticum Ostrava choir and foreign ensembles from Canada and Austria. August 22-31 at Triple Hall Karolina, Lower Area Vítkovice, Jiří Myron Theatre, Ostrava Cathedral and Coal Mine Michal.

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