Music without Applause: Microtonality

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019, 7:00 PM

On 16 March, Sinfonietta Cracovia brings the latest instalment of its cycle Music without Applause with the concert Microtonality, revealing that Greece is not just the cradle of European civilisation but a home to outstanding composers of contemporary music. MOCAK resounds with 10 Sketches for string orchestra by Nikos Skalkottas, whose work was inspired in equal measures by classical music and traditional Greek music. We will also hear Syrmos for 18 string instruments by Iannis Xenakis – composer-architect who combined music with mathematical modelling and game theory. The masterpieces of early 20th-century Greek music are juxtaposed with antichesis for 14 string instruments by musician Beat Furrer. To finish, the Sinfonietta reaches for L’ideale lucente e la pagine rubate for string orchestra penned by Salvatore Sciarrino, performing Poland’s premiere. The orchestra is led by Ernst Kovacic, director of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wrocław. The cycle Music without Applause expects the audience to refrain from clapping during and after the concert. Will contemporary music survive without rapturous applause once again? We will find out soon enough!


MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

ul. Lipowa 4

The combination of post-industrial atmosphere with a modern and functional glass and concrete structure provides a perfect framework for the presentation of important phenomena in the art of the last five decades.

A memory of the former production halls of the enamelware factory (known from Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List) melds here with a modern and functional structure of glass and concrete, providing a perfect setting for the presentation of contemporary art. MOCAK has its own, regularly expanded collection of art (both Polish and foreign) from the last five decades, and its development can be traced in the successive variations of the permanent exhibition. It has been divided into a number of sections: conceptualism, video, sculpture, and objects. It is also the venue for numerous temporary exhibitions, including a large annual problematic exhibition confronting selected questions in contemporary public life with the artists’ outlook (the presentations made so far have focused among others on history, sport, economics, crime, gender, and medicine in art). Moreover, MOCAK regularly hosts exhibitions of Kraków Photo Month. The museum runs its own library with a book collection devoted to contemporary art and humanities, runs educational activities, and manages and implements research and publication projects.

Tickets: normal PLN 14, concessions PLN 7, family PLN 30, admission free to permanent exhibitions on Thursday

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