Thursday, 22 October 2020

BCMG celebrates the centenary of Paul Celan with its first live concert since lockdown

Paul Celan
Paul Celan

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) is launching its 2020/21 season on 22 November 2020 with a concert at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham which will the group's first live concert for five months (and will be available on-line as well). Words from Abroad will celebrate the centenary of Romanian-born poet Paul Celan (1920-1970) with three world premieres from Spanish composer Francisco Jose Andreo Gázquez and Italian composers Andrea Sordano and Caterina Di Cecca, written in response to the international call for scores launched in collaboration between BCMG, Ensemble O/Modernt, Gehrmans Musikförlag and the Goethe-Institut Schweden earlier this year,  the 2019-20 O/Modernt Composition Award. The concert also features music by Param Vir, Christopher Fox and Donghoon Shin. There will be two performances at 1pm and 4pm on 22/11/2020, with a live stream at 4pm.

Further ahead, on 13 December BCMG will give the  live world premiere of A Dust in Time (Passacaglia for Strings) by New York-based Chinese composer Huang Ruo. Inspired by the symbolism of the Tibetan sand mandala intertwined with the European tradition of the passacaglia, the work is a musical reflection on the lived experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Full details from the BCMG website.

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