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Black Page Orchestra | Ensemble Kontrapunke | ORF RSO Vienna | Composer in Focus

For more than two centuries, the “revival of music in all its branches” has been the primary goal of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde has permanently attached great importance to contemporary music and new formats and approaches.

Black Page Orchestra

The Black Page Orchestra is an ensemble founded in Vienna in 2014 for our time’s radical and uncompromising music. The name was inspired by Frank Zappa’s composition “the black page”, a piece whose score is almost black due to its high density of notes. In addition to this aesthetic approach, the ensemble focuses on works that artistically incorporate electronics, video, and various current technologies and on compositions that go far beyond a conventional classical concert situation due to their performative character.

Experimental and varied programming is a key concern of the collective. In addition to classical festivals of contemporary music such as Wien Modern or Klangspuren Schwaz, the ensemble also regularly performs at festivals of completely different scenes – from the ZOOM Festival of the Jazzwerkstatt to the Wiener Festwochen or performance festivals such as ImPulsTanz Wien.

16.11.2024, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
MuseumsQuartier | Hall G

Black Page Orchestra
Christina Bauer | Sound direction
Irene Delago-Jimenez | Conductor
Eva-Maria Schaller | Choreography and dance
Mani Obeya | Dance and song
Georg Bochow | Countertenor
Dancers of the MUK Vienna
Gabriela Neubauer | Equipment
Jan Wagner | Lighting design
Alberto Cissello | Choreographic assistance
Julia Haas | Production
Mascha Mölkner | Production

PROGRAMME
Matrhias Kranebitter / Eva-Maria Schaller
O! A Biography

The Black Page Orchestra 2024/25

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    Ensemble Kontrapunkte

    The Ensemble Kontrapunkte, founded in 1965 by Peter Keuschnig, consists mainly of members of the significant Viennese orchestras and specialises primarily in chamber music of the 20. and it is specialised in the 21st century. Since the 1974/75 season, the Ensemble Kontrapunkte has continuously organised a subscription cycle for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. It also undertakes guest tours and performs at international music festivals. In 2017, the Ensemble Kontrapunkte under Peter Keuschnig was awarded the Louise Zemlinsky Prize of the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. In 2021, Peter Keuschnig handed over the artistic direction to Gottfried Rabl, who juxtaposes established significant ensemble works literature and the latest works at the centre of Ensemble Kontrapunkte’s creative work.

    03.11.2024, 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm
    Brahms Saal

    Ensemble Kontrapunkte
    Gottfried Rabl | Conductor and moderator
    Ekaterina Krasko | Soprano

    PROGRAMME
    Anniversary concert – 50 years of Ensemble Kontrapunkte at the Musikverein

    Works by Dobrovicescu, Iannotta, Kagel, Vivier and Bryars

    The Ensemble Kontrapunkte 2024/25

    September 6, 2023

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      Nancy Horowitz

      ORF RSO Wien

      The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra is a world-renowned top orchestra that is committed to the Viennese tradition of orchestral playing and is known for its unusual and bold programming: it often combines the classical-romantic repertoire and works of classical modernism with contemporary pieces and rarely performed works from other eras. Marin Alsop has been the Chief Conductor since September 2019.

      In Vienna, the RSO Vienna plays two subscription cycles, one at the Musikverein and one at the Konzerthaus. The orchestra also performs at major festivals in Austria and abroad: It has close ties to the Salzburg Festival, Musikprotokoll at the Steirischer Herbst and Wien Modern. Tours regularly take the Vienna RSO to Japan and China, Thailand, Taiwan, the USA and South America, Spain and Germany, where it makes guest appearances at the philharmonic orchestras in Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg, among others.

      04.06.2024, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
      Golden Hall

      ORF RSO Wien
      Maxime Pascal | Conductor
      Xavier de Maistre | Harp

      PROGRAMME
      In memoriam Peter Eötvös

      Works by Wagner, Eötvös and Bartók

      The ORF RSO Vienna 2024/25

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        © Astrid Ackermann

        Composer in focus: Rebecca Saunders

        She prefers to work at night. Then she sits at her simple, white table in her Berlin apartment, and two lamps illuminate the almost empty room. In front of her is the window that offers a view into the black night. Rebecca Saunders, 55, is a city kid who needs an urban environment for his work: Having grown up in London’s vibrant Brixton district, she now lives in Prenzlauer Berg. “The energy and sound of an urban ambience make me feel alive,” she says. She likes to focus her ears and realign them again and again. She likes to play with her perception of sound events: “With the surface of the sounds in the cacophony of an urban soundscape – to the point where it all seems like an almost numbing white noise.”

        Composer in focus 2024/25: Clara Iannotta

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          Conducting on the royal road

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          Fine and fragrant

          © Julia Wesely

          Simply conduct

          © Deutsche Grammophon - Andreas Hechenberger

          With charisma and temperament

          © Julia Wesely

          Strong relationships

          © Felix Broede

          Suction effect

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