The world premieres of Phill Niblock’s 23-minute orchestral work with video, Baobab (2011), performed by the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Petr Kotík, and Larry Polansky‘s new composition for Canticum Ostrava, directed by choir master Jurij Galatenko.
JACK Quartet performing Wolfgang Rihm’s “Concerto” Dithyrambe with Ostravská banda, an all-Xenakis presentation, and works by Elliott Sharp and the late Romanian-French composer Horatiu Radulescu.
Two of Morton Feldman’s rarely performed large-scale compositions: Piano and Orchestra, featuring Feldman’s longtime collaborators, pianist Joseph Kubera and conductor Petr Kotík, with the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra; and Feldman’s first work for symphony orchestra Structures for Orchestra (1960-1962), also featuring the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rolf Riehm’s monumental Wer sind diese Kinder for large orchestra (divided into 3 groups), electronics, and piano, performed by soloist Daan Vandewalle (Ghent) with Petr Kotík directing the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra.
Major orchestral pieces by Carola Bauckholt, Petr Kotík, Martin Smolka, and Galina Ustvolskaya; chamber orchestra works by John Cage, Ivan Buffa, Ji?í Kade?ábek, Berhnard Lang, and György Ligeti; and works by Charles Ames, Robert Ashley, Pierre Boulez, and Lejaren Hiller.
Cornelius Cardew’s The Tiger’s Mind (1967) performed by Ostrava Days Ensemble and directed by British pianist John Tilbury.
Violinist Hana Kotková (Lugano) performing Pierre Boulez’s multichannel electroacoustic work, Anthémes II (1998).
Soprano Katalin Károlyi (Paris) in Salvatore Sciarinno’s chamber opera, Infiniti Nero (1998).
Mezzo-soprano Salome Kammer (Munich) performing works by Carola Bauckholt, John Cage and Kurt Schwitters.
The prestigious 13-member Quasars Ensemble playing music from Bratislava
The debut of ONCE Trio, consisting of Conrad Harris (violin, New York), Arne Deforce (cello, Brussels) and Daan Vandewalle (piano, Ghent) and performing Morton Feldman’s 76-minute Trio (1980).
Works by emerging composers/former Ostrava Days residents Carolyn Chen, Alex Mincek, Kate Soper, Pablo Chin, John Lelly and James Saunders, as well as 30 resident-students of Ostrava Days 2011.
A 10-hour mini-marathon of electronic music, including works by Robert Ashley, Larry Polansky and Matthew Ostrowski (U.S.), among others.