Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

musica viva: Duncan Ward & Lawrence Power

February 2024
8:00 pm
Munich, Munich Residence, Herkulessaal

Introduction: 6:45 pm

Musica viva


Charles Ives
“Central Park in the Dark”
Milica Djordjević
“Mali svitac” for orchestra
Minas Bourbodakis
“sparks, waves and horizons” for orchestra

commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series, with the kind support of the Freunde des BRSO e. V.

world premiere
Milica Djordjević
“Čvor” for winds, brass, piano and percussion
Sofia Gubaidulina
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra


Duncan Ward conductor
Lawrence Power viola
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Information about the programme

Collisions: Before “the combustion engine and radio monopolized earth and air” (Ives), one could experience the stillness of night even in New York. In Central Park in the Dark, stillness is interrupted by distant noises – including a passing street band. A second dimension is also present in Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra via a solo string quartet tuned a quarter tone lower than the other instruments of the orchestra. Both works provide the framework for this concert with internationally acclaimed guest conductor Duncan Ward. The centerpiece is the world premiere of sparks, waves and horizons by Minas Borboudakis, who describes his music as “a mixture of intensity, impulse and curiosity.” The concert also includes the work Čvor (Knot) by Serbian composer Milica Djordjević – named after the proverbial knot that bursts.

musica viva

This concert is part of the Bavarian Radios’ musica viva series. Musica viva is one of the world’s most famous forums for future-oriented and contemporary music, where many experimental works and performances for orchestra and chamber music receive their premiere.