[ 18 June 2015 20:15 - 22:15 ]

Oerknal! - Satyricon Revisited

Oerknal! - Satyricon Revisited

“I said everything that a painful swelling in one’s libido tells one to say.” – Petronius, Satyricon

The Satyricon: violently erotic, lascivious, debauched. One of the single most important books in Western literature, believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius around 61 A.D.

In “Satyricon Revisted” Oerknal! presents a musical exploration of this literary classic, centered around Petronius Fragments, a retelling of Petronius’ tale by our 2014/15 composer-in-residence Arne Gieshoff set for singers and chamber ensemble. It is a stunningly poignant and occasionally fierce meditation on themes of isolation, impotency, and mankind’s search for emotional and physical connectedness. Also featured are Dichtere Kreise and …nach dichteren Kreisen, two works by Arne forming a diptych that explores the seemingly contradictory relationship between soft, fragile textures and very dense musical gestures. Rounding out the concert are Brian Ferneyhough’s phenomenal percussion solo Bone Alphabet and Le Journal du Corps by Oerknal! favorite Lewis Nielson, a consummately original and visceral string quartet coupling extended/percussive string techniques with the human voice.

These concerts promise to be an exciting melding of literature, music, the ancient world, the modern world, and non-conventional morality. Come listen, explore, be titillated!

Arne Gieshoff: Dichtere Kreise en …nach dichteren Kreisen, Lewis Nielson: Le journal du Corps, Brian Ferneyhough: Bone Alphabet, Arne Gieshoff: Petronius Fragments


Special guest: Composer-in-Residence Arne Gieshoff

Oerknal!: Greg Charette conductor, Marine Fribourg mezzo soprano, Drew Santini baritone, Daniel Boeke clarinet, Rineke Brink flute, Mariana Hutchinson & Diamanda Dramm violin, Lidwine Dam viola, René van Munster cello, James Oesi double bass, Anne Veinberg piano, Christian Smith percussion.



Composer-in-Residence Arne Gieshoff

Tickets available at the door: € 10 (regular) | € 5 (students)

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