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Anna Thorvaldsdottir at ZeitGenuss in Karlsruhe

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Karlsruhe Festival of Music of Our Time
18 to 21 October 2018
Various venues
The sixth festival of contemporary music for our time revolves around the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, who curated the entire program. She is very well-known in her homeland, in the Nordic countries of Europe and in the USA and works together with top orchestras and conductors.

ZeitGenuss 2018 is the first festival in Germany that provides close insights into the work of Thorvaldsdottir. With Aeriality an orchestral work will be heard in the symphony concert of the Badische Staatskapelle. At the College of Music, chamber music works are performed by the New York International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Karlsruhe Ensemble TEMA and students and teachers. In addition to Icelandic music, there are works by composers who influence her work: Tōru Takemitsu, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Giacinto Scelsi and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In the final concert, the CoroPiccolo compositions for Thorvaldsdottir's Choir are juxtaposed with phrases by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the contemporary composers Jón Leifs, Christian-Markus Raiser and Leonard Bernstein.

For the first time at ZeitGenuss there are two concerts for pupils, pupils and children, which are meant to open the ears for the music of our time. A masterclass with students of the conservatory and a discussion on the state of New Music with Anna Thorvaldsdottir and composers from Karlsruhe enable musicians and audience to meet the composer personally.

Saturday, October 20
Music in conversation
4:00 pm University of Music Karlsruhe
CampusOne - Schloss Gottesaue - Genuit Hall

Anna Thorvaldsdottir, composer, Cory Smythe, pianist of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Kathrin A. Denner, composer, Vito Zuraj, composer

In English | admission free
Registration is requested:

Portrait concert Anna Thorvaldsdottir

7:30 pm University of Music Karlsruhe
CampusOne - Schloss Gottesaue -
Thomas Renner Foyer
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir:
Transitions for Violoncello (2014)
Shades of Silence for Piano Quartet (2012)
Trajectories for piano and electronics (2013)
Spectra for string trio (2017)
Scape for piano (2011)

12 euros | 6 euros (reduced)

Sunday, October 21      
7:00 pm         
Evangelische Stadtkirche Karlsruhe         

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Heyr þú oss himnum á 
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Warum toben die Heiden, pslam 2, op.78 
Jón Leifs: Requiem, op. 33b 
Christian-Markus Raiser: Psalm 22 
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Reflections for string trio (with ICE)
Johannes Brahms: Schaffe in mir Gott, op.29, no. 2 
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Ad Genua, for choir and string quintet (with ICE) 
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, version with harp, organ, percussion 

International Contemporary Ensemble  
Christian-Markus Raiser, conductor

City of Karlsruhe, Cultural Office

in collaboration with the
University of Music Karlsruhe

Festival Director
Dr. Susanne Ash | Professor Hartmut Höll

Press and Office of the University of Music Karlsruhe | City of Karlsruhe, cultural office, cultural office

Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.

Earlier Event: October 18
ICE Residency at University of Michigan
Later Event: October 26
ICE at University of North Texas