Premiere in France: Weinberg String Quartet Series in Paris

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Quatuor Danel has something special planned for us: From 4 to 8 February 2019, they will be performing all 17 string quartets by Mieczysław Weinberg in the Amphithéâtre of the Philharmonie de Paris. A wonderful treat for all chamber music aficionados! And just in time for the Polish-Russian composer’s centenary year.  The Belgian quartet, founded in 1991, has been promoting Weinberg’s music for a long time and has contributed significantly to its distribution. Not just the audiences are excited, the press is equally full of praise for the Recording of the complete string quartets by Quatuor Danel: “Hearing these quartets played with such intensity as they are by... [read more]


German Premiere for Weinberg’s Symphony No. 22

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Conductor Thomas Sanderling is a long-standing supporter of composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. In 2015, he even founded the “International Mieczysław Weinberg Society” which aims to promote the works of the often underestimated Polish-born composer. Not without success, either: Weinberg’s Symphony No. 22, his last symphony, will now see its German premiere in Berlin, performed by the Konzerthausorchester conducted by Sanderling himself. The impressive work initially remained unfinished after Weinberg’s death to then be orchestrated by Kirill Umansky in 2003. Something to look forward to! The concert will be broadcast live by Deutschlandfunk Kultur from 20:03 h.  [read more]


International Mieczysław Weinberg conference in Manchester

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From 24 to 27 January 2019, the University of Manchester will be hosting a four-day conference on Polish-born composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg - just in time to kick off the celebrations of Weinberg’s 100th birthday and his centenary year 2019.  Professor David Fanning from the University of Manchester and Dr. Michelle Assay from the Université de Paris Sorbonne have invited delegates from around the world to discuss this exceptional composer. Joining the event as an honorary guest will be his oldest daughter Victoria Bishops.  Alongside the conference, the Belgian string quartet Quatour Danel will be performing a series of concerts before departing on their Weinberg-based... [read more]


Juan Orrego-Salas turns 100!

It is today, on 18 January 2019, that Chilean composer Juan Orrego-Salas celebrates his 100th birthday. Born 1919 in the Chilean capital Santiago de Chile, he initiated his studies in piano and composition in his native city at age 19, later obtaining diplomas in architecture and musicology. After having lived in the USA for a few years, Orrego-Salas returned to his home country and worked as a professor at the Faculty of Arts of Universidad de Chile from 1947. In later years, he worked as a music critic, founded the Chilean ‘Instituto de Musica’ and then became the head of the ‘Latin American Music Center’ at Indiana University. Shortly before his 70th birthday, he gave up teaching and has... [read more]


Brandenburg: German premiere for Miguel del Águila

Feeling chilly in January? Go to Frankfurt/Oder and Potsdam for some musical heat this month: Conducted by Spanish conductor Pablo Mielgo, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt will be playing fiery Latin American sounds, accompanied by a tango performance. The ‘Congo’ for orchestra by Uruguayan-born American composer Miguel del Águila will be - as a german premiere - the crowning glory of the two concert nights after works by Benjamin Yusupov and Astor Piazzolla. An event in the afternoon titled ‘When the Winter does the Tango’ will take all children on a musical journey to South America. So, see you in Brandenburg!  [read more]

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