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Festival Musica

Festival Musica

Strasbourg (FR)

Musica was founded in Strasbourg in 1982 and is one of the most important festivals of musical creation in Europe. The festival aims to unite the strengths of today's music by bringing together the most important works of the contemporary repertoire with those of the next generation of artists. This year's edition of Musica, made possible by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, includes 40 events.

Building a close relationship between new music and its audience was the starting point for the creation of the Musica festival. On the occasion of its fortieth anniversary in 2023, the festival will explore this perspective in a new way: by handing over the programming of a series of events to the audience.

This program will feature two groups. The first group is made up of eight people between the ages of 65 and 80 who attended the very first editions of the festival between 1983 and 1985. They all give an insight into their relationship with the festival and as listeners in general. The result is five concerts and events, as well as an exhibition.

The second group gathers students from the University of Strasbourg who wrote an open call to young composers. They defined the theme, the safe space, and selected three of the projects submitted. The selected composers are: Ulysse Gohin and Simon Louche (France, jointly composed project), Aures Moussong (Mexico) and Suiha Yoshida (Japan).

The festival's anniversary is about looking forward and back at the same time. The festival celebrates the living and glorifies the future, but also remembers the times that are forever lost and those who revived them. This gap between appearance and disappearance, presence and survival, life drive and finitude, renewal and legacy is the focus of a second part of the festival program.

In this framework, Simon Steen-Andersen's first opera Don Giovanni aux enfers will be performed. The festival will be opened by a new version of Luciano Berio's A-Ronne, directed by Joris Lacoste. Musica also pays tribute to composer Jean Catoire (1923-2005) on the occasion of his centenary. A little-known French composer today, Catoire studied for a time with Olivier Messiaen until a divine epiphany led him to compose refined and minimal pieces of music. Jean Catoire, who was marginalized during his lifetime, is considered a pioneer of mystical minimalism and composed more than 600 works, almost none of which have yet been performed.

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September 15 – October 1, 2023