The focus here is on dialogue, the concertante dialogue specifically – the art and manners of mastering it.

When she began composing her Violin Conceto, Unsuk Chin first appropriated the canonical form and gestures. But her science of the orchestra, nourished by the shimmering, fluid, ever-changing colours of her Balinese Gamelan influences, as well as the extreme virtuosity she demands of her soloists, provide new possibilities and offer new acoustic experiences in the context of the classical tradition.

With his Second Self Michel van der Aa goes back to the tradition and the dynamics of the concerto grosso, taking the opportunity to push his reflection on the concept of alter ego one step further: the string quartet emerges as another version of the orchestra itself, its interior voice – that or those “other me(s)” whose interactions and conflicts are at the very heart of this piece. Spaces of Blank is even more daring, setting to music poems that address a rather abstract theme – anxiety, fear – with the help of spatial metaphors. These are spaces characterised by great solitude and an almost palpable anguish, evoked by the composer through acoustic manipulation, playing thus with our own perception.

A concert midway between musical theatre and symphony.

Concert preced of a free public dress rehearsal on wednesday the 11th vendredi 11 of March at 2:30 PM

Public Rehearsal on the 10th March at 6:00 PM at CNSMD (Room Varèse)

Friday March 11th


Théâtre de Villefranche - Villefranche-sur-Saône

Friday March 11th
8:30 PM

Program :
Michel van der Aa : Second self (2007), for orchestra and soundtrack.
Unsuk Chin : Concerto for violin and orchestra (2001)
Michel van der Aa : Spaces of Blank (2009), for mezzo-soprano, orchestra and electronics.

Nora Fischer mezzo-soprano
Tristan Chenevez violin
Orchestra and soloits CNSMD de Lyon, Pierre-André Valade, direction

Coproduction Grame/Biennale Musiques en Scène, CNSMD Lyon and Théâtre de Villefranche.
With the support of the Performing Arts Fund NL.

Ticket Prices : from 12 € to 24,5 €
Pass BMES ticket price : 15 €

Théâtre de Villefranche
Place des Arts

69400 Villefranche-sur-Saône
T. 04 74 65 15 40

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