Yesterday was a very exciting and dramatic day with a terrific concert and also unusual weather events!
Thank you to the amazing Ariel Barnes for a superb performance of my Cello Concerto, and there were very strong and committed performances by Cantus Ensemble of all the pieces by Dorothy Chang, Edward Top (premiere!) and John Oliver. One audience member from Norway came up after and said it was the best concert of contemporary music he had ever experienced.
All four pieces were written for Turning Point Ensemble so it did feel like a close connection between the two ensembles has now begun. We look forward to Berislav Sipuš joining us in Vancouver in May 2020 (don’t forget to get your subscriptions to the TPE Season!), and many musicians were saying see you in Vancouver in two years when we will host Cantus Ensemble.
Thanks to Dubravko for the before and during concert interviews.
As for the weather, there was an extremely heavy rain in the late afternoon causing flash flooding, and also there was a fire at an old train station not far from the Lauba performance space.
Although that did prevent the TV crew from arriving and some audience members that already had tickets did not make it, there was still an extremely appreciative audience.
It was a good break to have one last day in Zagreb today after six straight days of intense music making, and Dubravko and I visited the Naive Art Museum and the Museum of Broken Relationships. That ends the Zagreb Blog, and see you all before long in Vancouver.
Artistic Director, Turning Point Ensemble