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„A Stuttgart Imagination“: World Premiere of Milko Kelemens New Work in Stuttgart

The Croatian composer Milko Kelemen recently completed a symphonic work entitled “A Stuttgart Imagination,” premiered by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on 3 October 2009 under the direction of Michael Hofstetter in Stuttgart.

Kelemen, one of the most important cultural mediators between East and West during the post-war period and founder of the Zagreb Biennale in 1959, became Professor of Composition in at the Stuttgart Music Academy in 1973 and has lived in the Swabian metropolis ever since. In later years he also served for short periods as Professor of Composition at Yale University and at the universities of Montreal, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Stuttgart has “grown close to his heart,” as Kelemen mentions in connection with his work. He has inserted brief notions between the musical sections which have to do with Stuttgart and are clearly articulated by the musicians. Thus the word “fountains,” then “Palace Garden” and the names Hegel, Schiller and Hölderlin, who were all connected with the city, and finally the wine-producing towns of Trollinger, Riesling und Silvaner.

3 October 2009
Stuttgart, Liederhalle (Mozartsaal), 8 PM
World premiere: Milko Kelemen,
A Stuttgart Imagination for string orchestra
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Leitung: Michael Hofstetter


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