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Mexican Premiere: Double Concerto “Why?” by Sofia Gubaidulina

After an amazing world premiere in Italy on 22 July 2014 (Abbey of San Mercuriale in Forlì), a further Italian performance in Cividale del Friuli on 23 July 2014 and the Slovenian premiere in Ljubljana on 24 July 2014, the Mexican premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Why?” for flute, clarinet and string orchestra will be given on 6 September 2014 in Mexico City. Under the direction of the British conductor Jan Latham-Koenig the flutist Massimo Mercelli and Manuel Hernández (clarinet) will perform the work together with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM. On 20 September 2014 the conductor and the orchestra will give a guest performance with Gubaidulina’s “Why?” at the Ravello Festival in Italy. Next to the flutist Massimo Mercelli, Darko Brlek will be the clarinetist for the first time here.

“Why?” is a commissioned work by the music festivals of Emilia Romagna, Ljubljana, Ravello and the Canary Islands, by Festival Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo, Fondazione Arena di Verona, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta supported by The Eduard van Beinum Foundation.

A further concert with the same performers at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl takes place on the following day, 7 September 2014 (12 AM).

6 September 2014
Mexico City
Sala Nezahualcóyotl, 8 PM
Mexican premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“Why?”. Concerto for flute, clarinet and string orchestra
Massimo Mercelli (flute)
Manuel Hernández (clarinet)
Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM
Jan Latham-Koenig (direction)


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