Easterfestival Imago Dei 2016

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Sœur Marie Keyrouz & L'Ensemble De La Paix Hymns of Hope

Sister Marie Keyrouz, who comes from a Catholic-Maronite family in Lebanon, sings for peace, light, and salvation. Together with the Ensemble De La Paix she combines the music of different traditions of the Eastern Church into a boundless, paradisiacal chant, which has been handed down by word-of-mouth since the early Christian time: the ascetic melodies of the Syrian Maronites in Aramaic, Syrian, and Arabic language and the imposing Byzantine-Melkite vocal music in Greek and Arabic. The foundation of the Maronite Church goes back to the Armaic-Syrian monk Maron. Mar is the Syrian word for Lord. Details

Friday
04. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Mediterranean Voices

The Mediterranean Sea washes around a transcultural world full of yearning for power and peace: three continents on which the three world religions, democracy, the written word, different cultures, arts, and philosophies were born and cultivated. It is a world which is still today characterised by contradictions, by fratricidal wars and borderlines, but also openness and understanding. The Neue Vocalsolisten initiated a project with artists from the Mediterranean area in which the many Mediterranean voices find their expression in new compositions and video imagery. In Krems the Vocalsolisten will sing works by French, Greek, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Palestinian composers. Details

Saturday
05. March 2016

19:30

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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Trio Mediæval, Arve Henriksen & Rolf Lislevand Jesus, My Morning Star

Doubt, love, and hope are deeply rooted in the Nordic folk and church hymn tradition. Five Norwegian musicians come together to breathe new life into wedding music, songs of sorrow, livestock calls, sun prayers, lullabies, and church hymns, music which has emerged in the eventful everyday in Norway, Sweden, or Iceland and has been preserved through oral tradition. They are transported from their original contexts to the stage by the Trio Mediæval, the lutenist Rolf Lislevand, and the trumpeter and singer Arve Henriksen and furnished with their personal artistic trademark. Lillevan will envelope the concert in a flood of light. Details

Sunday
06. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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Company of Music & Waed Bouhassoun Those who sow with tears

With music from times of war and catastrophes the Company of Music and the Syrian musician Waed Bouhassoun cannot explain unfathomable events, but they send signs of love and hope in the doubt and pain. In the first years of the Thirty Years’ War the Leipzig Thomas Cantor Johann Hermann Schein composed motets based on texts from the Old Testament which turned suffering into happiness: “Those who sow with tears shall reap in songs of joy .” With his work “Schweigen” (Silence) the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas reflects upon the recent catastrophes of Lampedusa and Fukushima and upon the atrocities of the SS regime in southern Austria. In her songs the Syrian singer and oud player Waed Bouhassoun aims to express her identity, her roots, and her love, but also the pain of her country, which has been suffering and is being destroyed since years.

In cooperation with Osterfestival Tirol.
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Saturday
12. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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Erni the Kobold looks for rain – In all things sleeps a song Children’s Music Theatre

You have walked really far, you’re exhausted and really thirsty – but: the water is gone, there isn’t any more water!
The young kobold Erni and her friends must experience this. No one dares to go in search of the absent rain; everyone is afraid of the dangers in the forest and the legendary griffin. But Erni gathers all her courage and sets off on her way. As she is quite short-sighted, she has to learn to rely on her hearing and instincts. “In all things sleeps a song” – the old kobold Rufus gives her this tip for her journey. And he proves to be right. The wasps, the water in the flask, even the roots in Erni’s cave have their own music and use it to tell their personal stories. Together with the children Erni delves into this new world of sound. Does everything really have its own sound or melody? What does this music tell us?

An exciting adventure that opens new acoustic worlds with loud and almost inaudible passages, inviting you to listen and join in.
Music theatre for children 7 years +. Details

Wednesday
16. March 2016

16:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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Hover Septet & Usted Naseeruddin Saami All Words End Here

All ceremonies in the Armenian Church – from the Divine Liturgy to the nine services – are accompanied by music. The heritage of church hymns passed down from the 8th to the 19th century has been translated by the priest, musician, and music ethnologist Komitas Vardapet into a reformed musical liturgy on the basis of the chants of elder priests. Armenian hymn singing lives on in the Hover Septet. The singers’ palette ranges from the liturgical chants of Komitas to contemporary scores by Pärt and Penderecki based on the eight modes of Armenian church music. Saami Saheb and his fellow musicians from Pakistan make music in the tradition of the contemplative and ornate “Khyal”. Khyal is Arabic for fantasy. The recipient of the music is the heart and not the mind. “All words and explanations end here.” (the Indian poet Jigar Moradabadi) Details

Friday
18. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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makroPHONIA From the Praise of Hope and the Love of Small Things…

makroPHONIA is a counterpoint to the world of constant growth, the omnipresent manifestations of expansive worlds of thought. It is a project by Renald Deppe and Michael Bruckner together with Pakistani musicians in which visual microstructures of everyday habitats become the compositional substance of contemporary soundscapes. makroPHONIA is an attempt to reduce means, possibilities, and parameters. To recognise, explore, understand, tolerate the big in the small, the own in the foreign, the unusual in the unassuming. To this end, the instruments from Pakistan with their microtonal pitches fulfil an important task: The Pakistani flutes, the 20-stringed zither, and the tablas in combination with the guitar, violoncello, drums, and saxophone/clarinet encompass a broad acoustic spectrum, which – like natural processes – allows subtle differentiations as well as sharp contours and breaks.
A commissioned composition by the Lower Austrian Department of Culture.
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Saturday
19. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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Wiener Kammerchor & Amadeus Ensemble Wien The Seven Last Words

Why? Never has a question been formulated more precisely in music than in the motet “Why has light been given to the weary of soul” by Johannes Brahms. Time and again the question of the point of earthly suffering resonates in the polyphony of human voices. Why? From the archaic primal depths of God-forsakenness resounds the fourth question of Jesus on the cross in James McMillan’s choir and string orchestra work “Seven Last Words from the Cross“ and ascends into transcendence, where the Wiener Kammerchor and the Amadeus Ensemble under the guidance of Ernst Kovacic reveal the effect of the whole composition. Who? In each of the five movements of Germán Toro-Pérez’s violin concert “Dialogos Incietros” the solo instrument (soloist: Simona Venslovaite) is acoustically confronted by another counterpart in its search for encounters. Details

Thursday
24. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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Klangforum Wien with Dörte Lyssewski and Hermann Schmid The Shroud

A fabric of love, hope, and doubt: The Shroud conserved in Turin Cathedral is a sacred relic and religious symbol in one. It bears the traces of the abuse and torture that Jesus of Nazareth suffered, according to the accounts of the Gospels. Since its appearance in the 14th century the Shroud has been and still is an object of scientific research, whose results were and are believed and doubted. In a text by Martin Mosebach, Dörte Lyssewski and Hans Michael Rehberg follow the traces of all interpretations that crystallise out of the fabric. Klangforum Wien will lift the reports and analyses to a higher sphere with music about the last things: sonatas from Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ of the Cross” and Bernhard Lang’s “The Anatomy of Disaster” (an interpretation of Haydn’s composition), along with movements from Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and compositions at the edge of silence by Salvatore Sciarrino. Details

Friday
25. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

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La Camera delle Lacrime Dialogues of Love

In early 1254 there was a night of respect and love in a meeting between western and eastern Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, and polytheists at the court of Genghis Khan’s grandson Mongku Khan in the ancient Mongolian capital Karakorum. The religiously uncertain Khan gave the various believers the opportunity to present their convictions. According to the accounts of the Franciscan monk Wilhelm of Rubrouk who participated in the verbal dialogue, they were at a loss of words in the morning hours, so the different believers began to celebrate their religions in chants of praise. The ensemble La Camera delle Lacrime, with a cast of musicians from different cultures of the west and east, pursue a creative reawakening of this musical dialogue of love from the Middle Ages. Details

Monday
28. March 2016

19:00

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche