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Mar 27, 2014 9:00 PM

Christian Wolff - Birthday Concert & Party

Concert celebrating the 80th birthday of Christian Wolff, the leading avant-garde composer pioneering the combination of music, texts and dance, whose work includes collaboration with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Cornelius. Performed by S.E.M. Ensemble and Ostravska banda, conducted by Petr Kotik.

Birthday ConcertParty
Thursday, March 27, at 9pm   


Philip Glass, Daan Vandewalle, Joseph Kubera, Christian Wolff, Daan Vendewalle –  Piano
Alex Mincek, Saxophone
Ian Antonio, Drum Set
Jon Gibson, Saxophone

Philip Glass will be a special guest at the jam session after the concert.


John Cage                   Music of Changes (2nd movement)
Christian Wolff            Trio VI (flutist, 2 percussionists)
Philip Glass                 Etudes for Piano
Christian Wolff            Piano Miscellany
Alex Mincek                 Nucleus
Frederic Rzewski        3 Pieces 2011
Petr Kotik                     Many Many Women (excerpt)
Jon Gibson                  Down the Road
Christian Wolff            Nocturnes

Admission: $20 Suggested Donation (includes one drink).
RSVP required:  pksem@semensemble.org


The S.E.M. Ensemble, under the direction of Petr Kotik, and the Czech Center New York present concerts celebrating composer Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday and the Ostrava Days Institute and Festival. Mostly self‑taught and working along such figures as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Morton Feldman and Frederic Rzewski, Christian Wolff made an important mark on the music of our time. He has participated in all but one of the festivals since Ostrava Days’ inception in 2011, and some of his most ambitious orchestral works were composed for or performed there. Selected by Artforum as one of the Best of 2013 in Music, Ostrava Days is one of the largest international summer new-music events, combining a three-week institute with a ten-day festival, focusing on music for large ensembles. It includes 35 resident-students from around the world, two resident orchestras, and resident composers and musicians who participate in public performances. Besides Christian Wolff, Ostrava Days 2013 included, among others, Philip Glass, Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Lang, Petr Kotik, Carola Bauckholt, Jon Gibson, Charlemagne Palestine, and Petr Cígler.

Concert & Party at 9 p.m. combines informal performances by Ostrava Days participants with a birthday party. The event will offer the unique opportunity to experience such distinct personalities as composers Philip Glass and Christian Wolff, pianists Joseph Kubera and Daan Vandewalle, along with Jon Gibson, Alex Mincek, and Petr Kotik, performing their own music side by side. The event will include a 30-minute excerpt of Kotik’s Many Many Women, one of Ostrava Days 2013’s highlights, performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble.

Concert co-produced by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Czech Center New York, and Ostrava Center for New Music






Christian Wolff @ 80
Thursday, March 27, at 7pm      

Ostravská banda  &  S.E.M. Ensemble
Thomas Buckner, Baritone
Petr Kotik, Conductor

Christian Wolff        37 Haiku
Bernhard Lang       Monadologie XVII*
Alex Mincek            Subito No. 2*          
Petr Kotik               Nine +1*                            
Christian Wolff:      Trust *

* American Premiere

Concert co-produced with the Czech Center New York and Ostrava Center for New Music

Admission free

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Mar 27, 2014 9:00 PM


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