Thu 03 November 2016
Fri 04 November 2016
Sun 06 November 2016
Mon 07 November 2016
18:30 h Konzerteinführung Company of Music Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal
18:45 h Klavierinstallation: Eine Winterreise Wiener Konzerthaus, Beethoven-Denkmal
19:30 h Company of Music «Adieu» Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal
Thu 10 November 2016
10:00 h Planet Globokar Dschungel Wien
18:00 h Planet Globokar Dschungel Wien
18:45 h Klavierinstallation: Eine Winterreise Wiener Konzerthaus, Beethoven-Denkmal
21:00 h Luc Ex: Music of Inevitable Sounds Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal
Fri 11 November 2016
Sat 12 November 2016
Mon 14 November 2016
Tue 15 November 2016
Wed 16 November 2016
10:00 h Lecture-Performance mit dem ensemble]h[iatus ELAK / Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Institut für Komposition und Elektrakustik
18:00 h Einblicke: Wien Modern zu Gast bei Arnold Schönberg Arnold Schönberg Center, Veranstaltungs-Saal
Fri 18 November 2016
Sun 20 November 2016
Mon 21 November 2016
Tue 22 November 2016
Fri 25 November 2016
Wed 30 November 2016

Wien Modern 29
30 October – 30 November 2016

Where do we come from? Where are we going? And where the heck are we, anyway? These are the final questions that form the focus of the first edition of Wien Modern under its new artistic direction.

Music has always dealt with big questions such as the quest for the meaning of life, farewell, death and darkness. There is something comforting in that, given the daily headlines of war, conflict and catastrophe. Life is not always fun – such a simple truth formed the basis of «serious» music even in Schubert’s and Mozart’s time. As Nestroy said: «The world won’t last long.» And Karl Kraus – or was it Gustav Mahler? – was reported to have said: «If the world ends, then I’ll go to Vienna. Everything always happens 10 years later there.»

It is no coincidence, then, that some of the forebears of contemporary music in Vienna explored the final questions – from Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen to Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet – «O du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin». And it’s even less of a coincidence that many of our contemporaries, from Vienna to Sydney, examine identity crises, and contemporary events of shock and mourning – using the mysterious possibilities of new music.

With 88 concerts in all at Wien Modern 2016, we invite you to take the pulse of the state of contemporary music today and its Viennese forefathers. From the serious to the ironic, from the melancholic to the angry, from the pitch black to the brilliant gold, from the puristic to the eclectic, the experimental to the simply beautiful, from music for young audienes, for hard-core fans or simply the curious, from the works of Mahler, Schoenberg, Ravel and Satie to 55 world premieres or first Austrian performances – the programme is full of contrasts, has something to offer for all generations and is inclusive. This year’s Festival also uses the striking number of significant birthdays of famous composers - Friedrich Cerha, Karl Schiske, György Kurtág, Hans Zender, Steve Reich and Sofia Gubaidulina –, to take a look at the existential side of new music.

In three spectacular projects, the complete string quartets of Birtwistle, Schoenberg and Shostakovich will all be performed (in the case of the latter, in a simultaneous walk-in concert). In addition, there will be large orchestral concerts, chamber music concerts, media art, music theatre, a sound installation, various excursions into the fascinating world of improvised and electronic music in Vienna and elsewhere, as well as a panoply of accompanying events. This year’s festival will be held at 21 different venues – from St. Stephan’s Cathedral, the main cemetery and the Main Hall of the Musikverein, to coffee house cellars, the Semperdepot, the Gemäldegalerie, and from brut to the festival headquarters of the Wiener Konzerthaus itself – over a period of 31 days.

I bid you a warm welcome to Wien Modern!
Bernhard Günther

Namen & Zahlen

31 Spieltage, 21 Spielstätten, 45 Produktionen, 88 Veranstaltungen,
davon 69 Konzerte & 19 Rahmenveranstaltungen

55 Ur- und Erstaufführungen von Mark Andre, Cornelius Berkowitz, Pierluigi Billone, Harrison Birtwistle, Friedrich Cerha, James Clarke, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Alexander Eberhard, Luc Ex, Michael Fischer / João Castro Pinto, Patrick Frank, Richard Garet, Mario Garuti / Eva Reiter, Maria Gstättner, Georg Friedrich Haas, Peter Jakober, Michael Jarrell, Hagen Kant, Johann G. Kitzbichler, Katharina Klement, Daniel Kötter / Hannes Seidl, Klaus Lang, Georges Lentz, Jorge E. López, Michael Maierhof, Zahra Mani / Sofia Härdig / Mia Zabelka / Electric Indigo / Lazara Rosell Albear, Olga Neuwirth, Giorgio Netti, Georg Nussbaumer, Pia Palme, Julia Purgina, Eva Reiter, Fernando Riederer, Gerhard Rühm, Rebecca Saunders, Wolfram Schurig, Salvatore Sciarrino, Charlotte Seither, Grégoire Simon, Wilhelm Spuller, Norbert Sterk, Jennifer Walshe, Mia Zabelka / Maggie Nicols / John Russell, Hans Zender

24 Orchester, Chöre und Ensembles: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Cornelius Meister / Emilio Pomàrico, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra / Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Wiener Philharmoniker / Peter Eötvös, Wiener Symphoniker / Ludovic Morlot; Cantando Admont, Chor der Deutschen Bundesbank, Chor der Erste Bank, Company of Music, ensemble]h[iatus, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Ensemble Nadar, Ensemble Platypus, Ensemble Resonanz, Klangforum
Wien, Les Femmes Savantes, oenm, One.Night.Band, PHACE, Radian, SchülerInnen der Musikschule Wien und der Johann Sebastian Bach Musikschule Wien, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, stock11, Studio Dan, Trio Blurb

19 Streichquartette, davon 15 simultan: Adamas Quartett, Arditti Quartet, Asasello Quartett, Atalante Quartett, Doreen Quartet, Genaro String Quartet, Giocoso Quartett, JACK Quartet, Quatuor Akilone, Quatuor Diotima, Selini Quartett, Quartette des Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop Berlin, des Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg und des Klangforum Wien sowie ein Quartett aus SchülerInnen der Musikschule Wien und der Johann Sebastian Bach Musikschule Wien.

Zahlreiche SolistInnen: David Alberman & Rolf Hind, Yaron Deutsch, Uli Fussenegger, Martin Grubinger, Anna Clare Hauf, Nicolas Hodges, Tim Hodgkinson & Alfred Zimmerlin, Salome Kammer, Katharina Klement, Klaus Lang, Topi Lehtipuu, Claron McFadden, Ivana Pristašová, Eva Reiter, Peter Simonischek, Anna Spina, Sarah Maria Sun, Mike Svoboda, Iris Vermillion, Mollena Lee Williams-Haas u.v. a.

Coming up ...

03. November 2016 | 19:30

Eröffnungskonzert Wien Modern

04. November 2016 | 19:30

Billone: Face


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Ciné-concert. Ensemble 2e2m © Markus Sepperer

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