The Philharmonic Plays Techno!

Chief Conductor Gabriel Feltz and the Belgrade Philharmonic are hosting a concert techno party at Kolarac Hall on Friday, November 23, at 8:00 p.m. The central part of the program is a composition called “Asyla” by Thomas Adès, who, in one part of his work, takes the audience into the atmosphere of a murky techno club. The introduction to our rave party is Mozart’s “Little Night Music” followed by a performance by Sergei Krilov, one of the best violinists in the world.

“Asyla” by contemporary British author Thomas Adès, takes us to the dark side of the late 20th century – life in megalopolises and techno parties in big clubs, with all the accompanying wickedness and immorality. Chief Conductor Gabriel Feltz is preparing something quite special for the Philharmonic’s audience – he will give a big concert lecture:

“At the concert itself I will talk about ‘Asyla’ and before each movement I will explain through concrete examples what the composer wanted to say with his music. As Chief Conductor of this splendid orchestra, I think it is very important not to perform only music from the past. At least once a year, I want to take the audience on an exciting journey through some fantastic examples from contemporary music, and I believe that this work will be performed a hundred years from now,” Gabriel Feltz said.

The techno movement “Ecstasio” will be a treat for fans of TV series, who will recognize this music from the popular series “Mozart in the Jungle.” While working on the orchestration of this movement, the composer experienced a panic attack, with symptoms similar to those caused by using ecstasy, thinking that he was suffering a heart attack. In the performance of this unusual composition, the Belgrade Philharmonic’s percussionists will have a lot of work – in addition to the usual percussion instruments they will also play on cowbells, tin cans, washbowls, pots, as well as knives and forks.

In this unusual combination with “Asyla,” Mozart’s most popular composition “Little Night Music,” and Violin Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Prokofiev, with the virtuoso violinist Sergei Krilov, invite the audience to explore the sinister side of the Philharmonic’s “Darkness” series. One hundred standing tickets will be on sale at the Kolarac Box Office from 7:00 p.m. one hour before the concert.