EXPLOSION - The concert series 24/25 at the Wiener Konzerthaus

We feel inspired and encouraged in our to quest expand the new in music: Thus, we are delighted to present the new concert series for the upcoming season 24/25 at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Under the title EXPLOSION, one can expect numerous world premieres, stylistic "flagrancy" and a meta-opera as a reinvention of music theatre that can simply be described as opulent.

From October 2024, EXPLOSION presents a series of 7 concerts, offering a programme of unparalleld variety.

"With an open heart, Klangforum Wien enters the explosively charged present. The coordinates of the new in music will be surveyed in a rare manner: stylistically flagrant, interdisciplinary in its formats and opulent in its sensuality."
– Artistic Director Peter Paul Kainrath
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Four world premieres by proponents of a young generation of composers from France, China and Russia, flanked by the subtle sounds of Clara Iannotta (NP) and a grand gesture by George Lewis (NP), are on the programme at the first concert in October. With a concert version of Beat Furrer 's opera Begehren, we are joining forces with Cantando Admont, soprano Sarah Aristidou and Christoph Brunner as narrator on the home stretch towards the 70th birthday of our founder and loyal companion. In a triangle between Luigi Nono, Mark Andre and Georg Friedrich Haas (WP), we explore extremes in human listening experiences. With Wolfgang Mitterer (WP), we get on the jubilee train for the 200th birthday of Johann Strauss II and chase through his historical dance-pop oeuvre in a "tritsch tratsch" frenzy. With a crash by the "system breaker" Alex Paxton (WP), we, together with the Neue Vocalsolisten, are propelled back into the present. On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Pierre Boulez, another triangle takes shape with Philippe Manoury and Liza Lim (NP), which is about nothing other than "pure, absolute" music. The crowning finale is the first meta-opera called Amopera, specially conceived by Klangforum Wien in collaboration with the Needcompany: a traversal of impossible, intoxicating and enchanting love constellations, selected from the last 100 years of music theatre (Sarah Maria Sun, soprano; Holger Falk, baritone).

Photo: (c) Klangforum Wien/Cornelia Neuwirt
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The social format TUTTI will continue in the new season – after each concert, we invite our audience to share light refreshments* with the composers and interpreters at a buffet in the Wiener Konzerthaus in order to drink to the performance, exchange ideas, ask questions and strengthen the communal spirit with Klangforum Wien in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

In the upcoming season, the passionate and fiery musical guidance will be provided by our two new Conductors in Residence Elena Schwarz and Vimbayi Kaziboni as well as by the conductors Tim Anderson, Sylvain Cambreling, Beat Furrer and Ingo Metzmacher.

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