Photo: Susanne Bürner


Composition Commission issued to Oscar Strasnoy

Musical Academy of the National Theatre Orchestra Mannheim, Germany

The Musical Academy of the National Theatre Orchestra Mannheim was founded by members of the orchestra as an organiser of a concert series – the Academy Concerts – which has remained independent of the National Theatre since 1778 in terms of programming and financing. The structure of the academy is unique amongst theatre and symphony orchestras. With 25,000 visitors and 2,700 subscribers, the Musical Academy is the largest concert organiser for classical music in the metropolitan region of Rhein-Neckar, offering eight double-concerts per season.
Since the 1990s, the Musical Academy has given commissions not only to young and promising but also to prominent composers, primarily to those who have a particular link to the Mannheim music scene. Recent successful premieres have included works by Detlev Glanert, Aribert Reimann and Moritz Eggert.
In the 2018/19 season, the Academy’s commission – in cooperation with the EvS Music Foundation – will go to the French-Argentinian composer Oscar Strasnoy. He would like to write a new work which synthesises the symphony and the literary novel: “I would like to invent a new genre, a sort of Symphony-Novel, containing text, pictures and special sounds, telling a story which is not necessarily possible in theatrical form: a complex organism.”
The premiere will take place on 1st and 2nd July 2019 under the leadership of the General Music Director, Alexander Soddy in the Mozartsaal des Rosengartens, Mannheim.

July 1 and 2, 2019
Rosengarten Mannheim, Germany

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