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Cultural MCA  by Corona Lockdown ?
The Corona lockdown has hit  first culture and culture will probably also be the last one to be back in real  live.
Of course, all our artists are affected in different  ways. Not only under a financial aspect, but also in their artistical interchange.
Many concerts, recordings and commisions for new works have been cancelled or postponed till further information. For some there will be - with a bit of luck - alternative dates in automn or in 2021, or even only in 2022.
Please, find in our
calendar all details upon cancelled and postponed events,  as well as upon those, who will, as far as we know - probably take place as scheduled.

But, thank God, even that Pandemia cannot  reduce to complete silence such a vital and creative community!
Here, you go with current information and news upon how our artists deal with the situation and what they're planning for the time 'after'.

Stay healthy!!

 
ROBERTO PROSSEDADA


 

 


    

Such an inventive artist with great online affinity, has quite a bit to do beyond concert stages - even in Corona-times.
He's just finalising "MFClassrooms"  an innovative new service, where Music schools, teachers and students can book an own individual online space -  'virtual video classrooms' -  where they can organise individual online lessons.
 
Elaborated by Prosseda and experienced colleagues and realized by highly qualified IT-specialists
, this service has been customized  to meet the needs high audio quality requested by music teachers and students, but normally missing in other current video conference systems.
This service will be available in May and is not only limitd to the time of the lockdown.

Aside,  Prosseda strengthens and extends his new online series entitled "The Professional Pianist", already started in February and in the frame of which he regularly publishes short videos demonstrating on the piano different aspects of the pianistic work which he considers interesting and important.

And, recently, he started together with his wife, the pianist Alessandra Ammara, the Facbook platform
"Casa Prosseda" presenting at the piano enjoyable and witty verbal and musical dialogues with Alessandra.

Currently, alle concerts and other public events till may are cancelleld or postponed. For the concerts scheduled in June, July and August nothing has been decided yet.
It seems, that from September all performances can take place as planned.
Hopefully including also the concert and the recording session with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with a program of works of contemporary Italian composers.


Aside sevral masterclasses, Prosseda's concert calendar 2020 was offering concerts in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Turkey and China performing concerts and recitals of the Romantic era, mainly centered upon Mozart and Mendelssohn.
And an intereresting new program for 2 pianos or piano 4 hands,  the "PianoDuo", which Prosseda performs together with Alessandra Ammara, had ben included in his repertoir.


ROBERTO PROSSEDA & ALESSANDRA AMMARA

After the successful release (DECCA 2015) of the complete recording of all works for piano 4 hands and 2 pianos by Mendelssohn, the DUO Roberto Prosseda & Alessandra Ammara, has recorded a 2nd album with the rare  concerts for 2 pianos by Mendelssohn.
It has been released on November 14 by Universal/DECCA and is available at Amazon and international streaming platforms.

Both recordings are connected to a common repertoire with corresponding programs including a special chamber music selection entitled "Piano Duett".

SCHLOMO MINTZ
   

   



Together with musicians and institutions from all over the world, Shlomo iIntz has initiated a beautiful and important event to support the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR protect refugees against COVÌD19.

He will lead and perform a Charity Concert entitled "United in Music",
uniting musicians from 30 different orchestras.
They are aiming to collect donations for UNHCR
, which has to face the challenging task to protect all the homeless refugees, who belong to the most helpless and especially hard hit people worldwide.

On May 28, the concert will be online on all UN youtube channels under the patronage of the UN High Commissioner for refugees.

Shlomo Mintz' 2020 concert season on European concert podiums was projected to include a cycle of solo sonatas, a duo recital series and a new chamber music program with the Philharmonic Violins Berlin.
But, currently, all events are cancelled or postponed to later on with no definitive dates yet.
LUCA LOMBARDI

 


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During the Corona lockdown, Lombardi is focusing a quite broad spectrum of projects:
not only, that he will return to his work upon his new opera project 
"OFER - Till the end of the land", the libretto of which is based upon the novel by Man Booker-Prize winner David Grossmann,

There are also several ideas for new commissions,
among them an European theme, probably a text by late Nobel price winner Günter Grass, and probably 2 new piano compositions, a suite and a new concert.
Finally,  in view the climate change problem,  a plan to complement his compositions "Terra" and "Mare" by "Vento" and "Sole" to become a 'Symphony of Elements'.
 


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BETTY OLIVERO
 

         
 
The premiere of an orchestra version of the originakl soundtrack Betty initially composed for Giora Feidman and the Arditti String Quartet to accompany the screening of the famous German silent Movie  "Der Golem" was scheduled for July  in the frame  Int. Odessa Film festival/Ukraine on the legendary Potemkin steps for an audionece of 10.000 visitors.
But the frame of the Corona lockdwon, the Odessa Filmfestival had to be postponed  and will probably take place only online in September.
Whether the premiere of the 'Golem' will be scheduled has not yet been decided.

 

Currently, Betty is working upon an exciting new commission with which she was charged for by Daniel Barenboim for the Berlin based Boulez Ensemble.



 


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GÜNTER A. BUCHWALD
   



       
   
 
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      Info Silent movies from Japan
Also Buchwald's scheduled film concerts, mostly with him conducting his own music and/or great symphony orchestras, from March till July, have been cancelled or postponed - partly till 2021.

Among them the world premiere of the orchestrated version of Betty Oliveros music for "Der Golem", Buchwald was engaged to take care of and which he should have conducted in July in the frame of the International Filmfestival Odessa in front of 10.000 spectators on the legendary Potemkin steps. The screening shall be done later on, with no definite date yet.

On top of it, some of the projected performances of the spectacular French Silent movie "Casanova" with Buchwalds new music, so successfully premiered in October 2019 with the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  will probably also be victim of the Corona crisis.
Seen the current situaution in Italy, it's not yet sure whether both the performances planned to take place in October at the Pordenone festival can be realised.
Unfortunately, this is also valuable for the recording of his new soundtrack, projected to be done this summer or automn, and which the Cinémathèque Francaise wanted to use for a DVD featuring the restored and completed version of "Casanova":


But, a screening of "City without Jews" with Buchwald's  new music
in the frame of the Jewish-Isr. Cultural days in Thüringen/Germany in November seems to be assured, as well as the concerts during the San Franciasco Filmfestival and a film concert in St. Petersburg, both scheduled for November.

Buchwald profits from his forced 'time out' to work upon the orchestration of the "Golem", an arrangenment of Bizet's "L'Arlesienne" to be recorded with Octuor de France, and a compilation of "Carmen" to be performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Bruxelles in November.



DVD-Democopies of Buchwalds film concerts with Murnaus "Nosferatu" and "Faust", the Hollywood production "The Wind" and the Japanese silent movies "Sumiko" and "Express 300 Miles" are available.

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JEAN JACQUES LEMETRE


  


     

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Music  written for the ThdS
Music from "Cds à ID"

Before joining again the Théâtre du Soleil for the rehearsals of a new producrion provisorily stopped in March, upon the theme of which Ariane Mnouchkine is still remaing silent ("Le sujet, que je ne peux ni ne veux évoquer ...), it could be heard, that Lemêtre seems to enjoy 'life at the countryside' with picks and shovels, planting and cooking ...

There are 2 new publications available upon Lemêtre's work and music:
 "Jouer avec la musique" a book upon his work with the Théâtre du Soleil has been published by Actes-Sud.
And a DVD with 4 films by Anne Lacombe upon his music,
"L'oeil et l'oreille"  has been released at Fortdecafe.



 


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