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Happy New Ears

This series of concerts put on by the Ensemble Modern, Oper Frankfurt and the Frankfurt University for Music and the Performing Arts continues this season!

Thursday March 12 2020 in the Holzfoyer, Oper Frankfurt
Portrait: Mathias Spahlinger

The conductor and composer Enno Poppe, to whom a portrait concert was dedicated during the  2017/18 season, suggested that the composer  Mathias Spahlinger, born in Frankfurt in 1944 in Frankfurt, be the focus of this workshop concert. He was a professor for composition at the Music University in Karlsruhe from 1984 and Music University in Freiburg, from 1990, where he also rang the Institute for New Music.

Put together and introduced by Enno Poppe

John Cage's special greeting to see in the new year lends its name to this wonderful series of workshop concerts, of which there have been well over 100, which was brought to life by the Ensemble Modern and Oper Frankfurt in 1993. The series continues this season, with our new partner the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Frankfurt - who became involved in 2019/20, with four more »Happy New Ears« events. These begin with a homage to the Canadian composer Claude Vivier, who was murdered, aged 34,  in 1983, building a bridge Frankfurt's Book Trade Fair's 2021 country of honour.  Two of the remaining three concerts are dedicated to the Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen, with whom the Ensemble Modern are in close and regular contact, and the South Korean composer Unsuk Chin.