New music in Amsterdam, exploding pianos, and The Maltese Tenor
Sunday, September 3, 2006 at 12:29PM
Stephen Brookes

September 3, 2006
gaudeamus.jpgThe venerable Gaudeamus Foundation is launching its annual International Music Week today in Amsterdam, with performances of new works from young composers that will run through the 10th. It's a competition; twenty new works by  composers under thirty have been nominated, and the winner gets the Gaudeamus Prize -- a $5,000 commission for a new ensemble work, which will be performed at next year's festival.


The graphic artist and ceramicist Judith Schils made a series of 18 enigmatic, explosive studies of a piano a couple of years ago; they're online now, and well worth having a look at.

juan.jpgIn DC this week:  In honor of Malta National Day (which actually seems to be on September 8, but never mind) the Embassy Series is putting on a "pre-season concert" with Maltese tenor Juan Gambina on Wednesday at the Meridien House International.  A little Mozart, a little Puccini, a little Gounod ... you get the idea.

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