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Heiner Goebbels, Peter Vrábel and Berg Orchestra

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Archa TheatrePrague, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
On Monday 25 May 2015 at 20:00
Festival: Prague Spring Festival
Performers
Berg Orchestra
Peter VrábelConductor

Concerning the American premiere of Song of Wars I Have Seen by Heiner Goebbels, the New York Times wrote: “Mr. Goebels has shown the ability to perform miracles not only in the theatre, but also in concert halls.” In this case, he is not only the composer of the music, but also the author of the concept and the director. A living room with comfortable looking chairs and lamps, and women in colorful dresses evoke the world of the author of the text, Gertrude Stein, and instrumentalists also lend their voices to the texts in which Gertrude Stein uses language in her own original way in the form of a diary to capture the harsh realities of the war years of 1942 – 1944. The work combines modern musical instruments with instruments used for the authentic interpretation of early music. 

Those of you who choose not to miss this extraordinary event will be experiencing not only the work’s Czech premiere, but also an absolutely authentic performance prepared by Heiner Goebbels himself.

The works of the composer, pianist, singer, and writer Petr Wajsar (*1978) vacillate on the borders of many genres. In 2000 he graduated from his composition studies under Milan Svoboda and Michal Pavlíček in the popular music department of the Prague Conservatory, and a year later he was admitted to the same department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he completed his bachelor’s studies in 2005 under Prof. Václav Riedlbauch. He has already composed works for orchestra (Africa for Symphony Orchestra), string quartet (Tuitytuityutyu Suite and Signals for Chamber Choir, String Quartet, Percussion, and Electronics), and choir (The Moonsheep). He has composed the full-length ballet Maryša (2008) and music for several films and documentaries (My Undressed Diary). In 2009 he earned the title “Most Successful Young Composer of 2008”.

World première commissioned by Prague Spring Festival © Pražské jaro | Ivan Malý
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