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Mar 27, 2014 7:00 PM

Christian Wolff @ 80

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.

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

Christian Wolff @ 80
March 27, at 7pm      

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

Christian Wolff, Philip Glass, Joseph Kubera, Daan Vandewalle,
Jon Gibson, Alex Mincek, Saxophone
Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim Harris, Violin
Kamala Sankaram, Jeffrey Gavett, Thomas Buckner, Voice

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

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.

Now you have the unique opportunity to see the concert featuring 37 Haiku, one of Wolff’s major works, dedicated to Thomas Buckner, and large-ensemble works composed for Ostravská banda. These will include Wolff’s Trust (2012), Alex Mincek’s Subito No. 2 (2013), and Petr Kotík’s Nine + 1 (2013) – premiered by the West German Radio in Cologne in 2013 – and Bernhard Lang’s Monadologie XVII (2011), premiered in Ostrava in 2012. With the exception of 37 Haiku, all the pieces on the program will receive their American premiere.


Followed by:

Birthday ConcertParty
March 27, at 9pm   


Philip Glass, Daan Vandewalle, Joseph Kubera, Christian Wolff, Daan Vendewalle– PIANO

Chris Nappi, Ian Antonio – PERCUSSION
Alex Mincek, Jon Gibson – SAXOPHONE
S.E.M. Ensemble (performing Many Many Women)

Cash Bar

John Cage                 Music of Changes (2nd movement)
Christian Wolff           Flute & Percussion
Philip Glass                Etudes for Piano
Chritian Wolff             Piano Miscellany
Alex Mincek                Nucleus
Frederic Rzewski       3 Pieces 2011
Kotik                          Many Many Women (excerpt)
Jon Gibson                 Down the Road
Chritian Wolff             Nocturnes

Admission: Suggested donation pass – includes 1 drink (required)


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Mar 27, 2014 7:00 PM


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