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EXCLUSIVE: Kurt Gottschalk's Orchestral Dispatches from Ostrava Days 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Kurt Gottschalk's Orchestral Dispatches from Ostrava Days 2015 >>

While the biannual Ostrava Days in the Czech Republic features, primarily, a wide array of post-1950 solo and small ensemble pieces, it is, at its heart, a symphonic endeavor--founded and curated by Czech composer/conductor Petr Kotik. Over the course of nine expansive nights in August, running this year from the 21st to the 29th, the festival hosted three different orchestras, and all three together on the first night. The Ostrava-based Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and resident ensemble Ostravská Banda did plenty of heavy lifting over the course of the fest, with the Miners Band from Stonava (a brass group from that nearby town in coal-mining Moravia) joining them on opening night.

TRANSLATION: Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, "Ancient Scent" >>

Lost in the fire of last year's 'Pierrot' centennial was translation. After all, it was Otto Erich Hartleben's German--translated from the original French of Albert Giraud--that Arnold Schoenberg had set. To wit, over the past 21 weekdays or so, we've be offering a new take on each of Giraud/Hartleben/Appelbaum's 3x7 poems...alongside some of our favorite performances.

RETRO: La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela Celebrate 50 Years at 275 Church Street Dream House

RETRO: La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela Celebrate 50 Years at 275 Church Street Dream House >>

On June 22, 2013, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela celebrated their golden anniversary. Come August, the couple would mark an equally important bond together--50 years living, working and performing at their Dream House (between Franklin and White Streets) in Lower Manhattan.

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