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Angelica 13 JPGFrom the notes of Terry Riley to those of Christian Wolff, from work by Arto Lindsay to the compositions of Morton Feldman, from Giacinto Scelsi to Stefano Scodanibbio, "Angelica" will begin its 23rd edition, on schedule from May 3 June 2, with a high quality 1900s repertoire which will cover the best of contemporary music.


Part of the "Bologna Contemporanea" network, this festival has expanded greatly thanks to collaborations with other cities (Modena and Lugo), co-productions and new commissioned pieces (such as that of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna Foundation), and it will bring music to the institutions (Sala Borsa Library, Sala Farnese) and churches of Bologna (Basilica dei Servi, Santuario del Corpus Domini) as well as to local theaters (Manzoni Auditorium, Teatro Comunale in Modena, Teatro Rossini in Lugo).

The inauguration will be in the reliable hands of Olivier Latry, a world famous organ player who after Notre Dame de Paris will play the organ at the Basilica dei Servi with music by Olivier Messiaen and Thierry Escaich. Latry, for this occasion, will also perform an improvised piece at the end of the program.  On that same evening at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna Don Perlimplin by Bruno Maderna will take the stage.

On Sunday, May 5 in Sala Farnese at Palazzo D'Accursio, thanks to the astrophysicist Marta Burgay and to an ensemble of percussionists chosen from the conservatories of Bologna, Palermo and Paris, guests can discover the music of the skies, picked up by a radio telescope.

Friday, May 17, at the Santuario del Corpus Domini di Santa Caterina, Fabrizio Ottaviucci on the piano will present two brand new pieces,Suite XI b by Giacinto Scelsi, the most recent find among his compositions, and "Lawless Roads", composed by Stefano Scodanibbio between 2006 and 2010, and commissioned by AngelicA Festival.

From May 7 to 10, Terry Riley will be on stage in Bologna, Modena and Lugo di Romagna in four concerts both as a composer and performer in various groups. He will start out by playing the organ at the Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi, an instrument he does not usually play in Europe, with the premiere of the piece “Organum for Stefano”; then, also in Bologna he will be accompanied by the Swiss quartet “Arte Quartett” in a performance being held for the first time ever in Italy. On May 9 and 10 he will go on to Lugo di Romagna and then Modena with a totally different program - with two Italian premieres and one world premiere - all with the same group, The 3 Generations Trio.


Also being performed at Angelica is the “String Quartet II by Morton Feldman: on May 18 notes will float along accompanying listeners through a six hour musical journey thanks to the Quartetto d’archi from Turin, one of very few groups in the world that performs this masterpiece.


Also on schedule are the concerts with Jean-Claude Eloy (May 4), the duo Axel Dörner and Luca Venitucci (May 15) on the trumpet and accordion, respectively, who will first perform two solos before playing together, Emanuele Torquati (May 16) on the piano playing the artistic pieces of the Austrian composer Peter Ablinger; and Teodoro Anzellotti on the accordion (May 23). The latter will play the Italian premiere of "Balancing" written in 2002 by Christian Wolff; this performance will open two days of events dedicated to this American composer as part of the "Momento Maggio" series of AngelicA. On the first evening (May 24) Wolff himself will play the piano with Robyn Schulkowsky on the drums performing, among his other songs, three Italian premieres and one world premiere.  He will also play the following evening  (May 25) together with the ensemble Apartment House.


An important event on Sunday, May 26 at the Manzoni Auditorium: the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna will be responsible for executing the last performance of Christian Wolff's music. This event is also a great opportunity to reflect on the wide range of possibilities when using an orchestra to perform contemporary music, offering listeners, all in one evening, the world premiere of “Live Symphony n. 4” by the Bologna-born Adriano Guarnirei, the Italian premiere of “Konx-Om-Pax” by Giacinto Scelsi and, also in a world premiere, “When celebrities dream of casual sleep (second try)”, a piece commissioned by AngelicA from the Norwegian Christian Wallumrød, who had never composed for an orchestra before, and which will be directed by four conductors.


Closing out the festival on Saturday, June 1 is the Piccolo Coro Angelico who will conclude the second season of a workshop in which children ages 4 to 13 participated, and the next day (June 2) in Sala Borsa Arto Lindsay will return to present the European premiere of the project "Um Por Um", with an ensemble of which he is a member.

Besides the concerts, thanks to the collaboration with the Conservatory G.B. Martini in Bologna, this Festival will host Incontri & Ascolti (Meetings and Listenings), a chance to dig into pieces through the words of the composers themselves.  There will be four artists: Friday, May 3 Jean-Claude Eloy (introduced by Leopoldo Siano); Monday, May 6 Terry Riley (interviewed by Franco Fabbri); Thursday, May 23 Christian Wolff (with Walter Rovere); Saturday, May 25 at the Galleria Ono Arte with Christian Wallumrød (meeting hosted by Luca Vitali).


Times and complete schedule can be found on the official website of the event:


Last modified May 02, 2013

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