Zagreb, 22 October 2008 Press release

Three musical events that are not in three-four time - contemporary music from Austria in Zagreb to mark Austria’s national holiday

Zagreb, 22 October 2008 - Conceived as a musical kick-off on 24 October, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb presents three musical events which are completely devoted to contemporary music, i.e. Austrian music of the 20th and 21st centuries, to mark the forthcoming Austrian national holiday.

For the first time in its history, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will devote a complete concert exclusively to Austrian composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The works written by the two Schoenberg pupils Albert Berg and Anton Webern will constitute a repertoire so far unknown to the audience in the Croatian capital, which loves classical music. The Baal songs by the Austrian contemporary composer Friedrich Cerha will complement this programme. The concert at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall will be performed under the baton of one of the truly great Austrian conductors, who is not unknown in Croatia on account of his longstanding work in this country: Maestro Johannes Wildner.

At nearly the same time, but one floor lower in Croatia’s most renowned concert hall, Martin Reiter, the young Viennese jazz pianist and 2008 Hans Koller Award winner, will perform his own compositions, presenting his ALMA programme as a highlight of the Zagreb International Days of Jazz.

Last but not least, Karen Asatrian, the Armenian-born ethno-jazz world musician, together with the Klagenfurt-based Michael Erian Quartet, will provide the musical accompaniment at the official reception given by the Austrian Embassy on the occasion of this year’s national holiday, which will also be attended by the Secretary General at the Ministry for European and International Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Johannes Kyrle.

With these three high-calibre performances by Austrian musicians and a programme exclusively devoted to contemporary music, the Cultural Forum in Zagreb is setting a further milestone in presenting Austrian music far removed from well-known trademarks and stereotypical clichés.

Austrian Cultural Forum Zagreb
Christian J. Ebner
austrijski kulturni forum-zagreb
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HR-10000 zagreb
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Austrian Cultural Forum Zagreb

Martin Reiter
Johannes Wildner