Essential Youth at DOX+: World Orchestral Premieres of Young European Composers in Prague

Publikováno: 26.9.2022

Ostrava, September 26, 2022 – Ostrava Center for New Music in cooperation with Centre for Contemporary Art DOX revives the series of “Essential” concerts. Their history goes back to the spring of 2018 when DOX opened its new concert hall. Every year, we present compositions which fundamentally contributed to the shape of today’s music: Essential Feldman, Essential Xenakis, Essential Changes (Cage, Fluxus, Kotík, La Monte Young) and Essential Bernhard Lang. On Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm, this series will continue with the program Essential Youth. This program will bring insight into the work of the young generation of European composers. Their orchestral compositions were commissioned by OCNH and will be heard in Prague in world premieres. The compositions will be performed by the international orchestra ONO – Ostrava New Orchestra with conductor Petr Kotík.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
19:00 Center for Contemporary Art DOX, DOX multifunctional hall DOX (Poupětova 3, 170 00 Praha – Holešovice)

ONO – Ostrava New Orchestra (International)
Irvin Venyš, clarinet (Prague)
Martin Opršál, percussions (Brno)
Petr Kotík, conductor (New York/Ostrava) 

Adrian Demoč: Popínavá hudba (2022)
Ian Mikyska: Shan Shui (2022)
Christian Ferlaino: Synthetics 1 – Floating (2022)
María de Grandi Ruzafa: Otesánek /fairytale no. 1/ (2022)
Liisa Hirsch: Canvas (2019, ext. 2022) 

Adrian Demoč (1985) – Slovakian composer based in Spain, Liisa Hirsch (1984) – Estonian composer Christian Ferlaino (1981) –  Italian composer, saxophonist and ethnomusicologist, Ian Mikyska (1994) – Czech composer and interdisciplinary artist and María de Grandi Ruzafa (1998) – Spanish composer and violin player. This varied selection of artists and their compositions written in 2022 will present us ways how the young generation of composers approaches the issues of music (classical) composition and the sensibility with which the individual composers approach contemporary society from the musical perspective. The concert program promises a one-off experience and offers a confrontation of artistic opinions of the new generation of composers from various parts of Europe. This is bound to be an exceptional event on the orchestral scene.

ONO – Ostrava New Orchestra – An international symphonic orchestra for new music was formed in 2017 as a resident orchestra for the Ostrava Days festival. ONO is comprised of students and graduates of European music academies who are specifically focused on the interpretation of contemporary music. The orchestra has been working with leading conductors of contemporary music such as Johannes Kalitzke, Roland Klutig, Peter Rundel, Bruno Ferrandis, Jiří Rožeň and Petr Kotík. Since its debut five years ago, the orchestra has assumed the role of a privileged ensemble mainly for the exquisite quality and simultaneously enthusiastic interpretation of contemporary music. On Tuesday November 15, ONO will present itself in Prague with an all-night program of compositions in world premieres which were composed for this very orchestra. 

“Writing music for ONO is a privilege. I know that my composition will be in good hands and I am sure that the players will do everything they can to transfer my enthusiasm further. I am already grateful to them, just as to the Ostrava Center for New Music for the trust and opportunity conveyed to me,” says Adrian Demoč, composer, former resident of the Ostrava Days Institute and one of the prizewinners of the composition competition of Czech Philharmony from 2019. 

Clarinetist Irvin Venyš and percussionist Martin Opršál will present themselves as soloists. Petr Kotík, composer and art director of Ostrava Center for New Music, will conduct the orchestra.

Duration of the concert is approx. 120 minutes. More information on our website and Facebook
Ticket prices: 400 CZK / 200 CZK (students, seniors). The presale of tickets starts October 12, 2022. 

The concert is organized by the Ostrava Center for New Music in cooperation with the Center for Contemporary Art DOX. We thank the Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Prague, Statutory City of Ostrava, Moravian-Silesian Region, State Cultural Fund and Libor Winkler for financial support.

Further information and press materials:
Kristýna Konczyna, Ostrava Center for New Music

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