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Portrait of the RSO conductor Marin Alsop.
© Adriene White

Wien Modern

The city is growing. The population is growing. The economy is growing. Growth is everywhere. For many, the necessity of growth has become a mantra. In the world of music, the matter feels quite different. Music as a contemporary art form listens to the pulse of our time with its very own means.

At this year's Wien Modern festival, numerous artists interpret the subject of growth.

Marin Alop and the RSO

At the opening on October 31, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra plays Jón Leif's composition Hekla, one of the loudest orchestral works of all time, under the direction of the new principal conductor Marin Alsop. She is the first woman to head up an Austrian orchestra. For this reason, there will also be lectures with composers, a masterclass with Marin Alsop for conductors, and a panel discussion on equality in music.

Voyages of discovery

Other highlights of the festival include dance and performances by Doris Uhlich, DD Dorvillie and Kollektiv Mycelium. A voyage of discovery between too much and too little is offered on the one hand by the longest concert, which begins at sunrise and ends after sunset on November 9 in the Grand Hall of the Austrian National Library, and on the other by the shortest concert of the festival on November 23 at Studio Molière, which lasts just 20 minutes. A total of 110 premieres and first performances are also on the program.

The Wien Modern festival was founded in 1988 by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado in order to give Viennese audiences access to key works of New Music on a grand scale. Abbado was a regular guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic as well as principal conductor of La Scala in Milan, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Wien Modern 32

October 28 - November 30, 2019
24 different venues

Portrait of the composer and pianist Lera Auerbach.
Lera Auerbach © Lera Auerbach
Portrait of the Swingle Singers, consisting of four men and three women.
The Swingles © Nedim Nazerali
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