On 10 May the Oberlin Sinfonietta (cond. Timothy Weiss) presents the US première of David Sawer’s Rebus for 15 players in Oberlin.
On 28 April a new production of The Threepenny Opera opens at the Staatsoperette Dresden. Christian Garbosnik conducts Sebastian Ritschel’s production, which is scheduled to run until 13 July.
“Kaljuste and his orchestra are just as convincing when placidly unwrapping those bundles of archaic-sounding melody, as he is confronting the angularities and contrapuntal clashes of the earlier works.” - “Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies” receives 4 out of 5 stars from The Guardian’s Andrew Clements. Read the full review:
Luke Bedford’s Faraway Canons for bass drum and piano will receive its world première on 21 April at the Occupy the Pianos Festival in London. The work will be performed by the piano and percussion duo George Barton and Siwan Rhys.
The reduced version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 will receive its Dutch première on 19 April at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Ulrich Pöhl conducts the Insomnio Ensemble.
Francis Burt died on 3 October 2012 at the age of 86.
On 28 March Francis Burt's latest composition Variationen eines alten Liedes for clarinet, viola, accordion and double bass can be heard at the Arnold Schönberg Center. Performers: Ensemble Wiener Collage.
Here’s a picture of composer Francis Burt in discussion with conductor Peter Burwik at the Austrian Society of Music on 12 Jan.
On 23 November Franis Burt's new work for ensemble Mohn and Gedächtnis will receive its world première during the Wien Modern festival. Emilio Pomàrico conducts Klangforum Wien.
The RSO Vienna performs under Johannes Kalitzke tonight at the Wien Modern festival.
From 28 October to 25 November, Vienna is once again the centre of contemporary music. Austria and Britain are the focus of this year’s festival.
UE congratulated Francis Burt on his 85th birthday today, when UE editor Josef Durek presented him with the new score of his new ensemble piece, hot off the presses.
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