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The Cantus Ensemble Concert Cycle  
The Cantus Ensemble Concert Cycle 2022/2023
November 11th 2022, Monday, Small Hall - Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, 8 pm 

Berislav Šipuš, conductor

Irma Dragičević, sopran
Elliott Carter, Epigrams, for violin, cello and piano 
Frano Đurović, io sono je t'aime, for ensemble and electronics
Mladen Tarbuk, Twist, for chamber ensemble 
Jonathan Harvey, The Riot, for flute, bass clarinet and piano 
Marko Ruždjak, La Frontera, for voice and chamber ensemble (on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of death)  
Dubravko Detoni, dolce furioso, for chamber ensemble (on the occasion of the 85th birthday) 

At the first concert of its new season, the Cantus Ensemble returns to the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall and also returns to many important composers on the occasion of their anniversaries.

Ten years since the death of the great American composer Elliott Carter, Cantus will play his last work, Epigrams, twelve short movements of varied moods for piano trio. English composer Jonathan Harvey also died ten years ago, and Cantus will perform another trio in his honor, the energetic and virtuosic piece The Riot for flute, bass clarinet, and piano.

This year marked the 85th birthday of Dubravko Detoni, a frequent guest of Cantus' programs, which Cantus will celebrate with a performance of his composition dolce furioso. It is a work that the Ensemble often returns to: they played it at their anniversary concert at the MBZ in 2021, but also in China, Canada, and throughout Croatia, the ensemble also recorded it for their celebratory album.

Ten years have passed since the death of the great Croatian composer Marko Ruždjak, master of "musical silences". On the program is Ruždjak's La Frontera, a work with "textual-semantic elements" from poetry by authors of various backgrounds (Gloria E. Anzaldúe, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Countess [Beatritz] de Dia and Emily Dickinson), and the Ensemble will be joined by a young soprano Irma Dragičević.

In Frano Đurović's composition, io sono je t'aime, the sound of the ensemble will be added to with electronics. Đurović wrote it for the Swedish ensemble Mimitabu, and it had its premiere at the Opatija Music Tribune in 2019. It continues a long series of Đurović's works that have titles based on lines from popular songs, in this case the song by Let 3 (Profesor Jakov). On the occasion of the premiere, Irena Paulus wrote that before at the end of the composition "we become more and more aware of the 'imperfection' of electronics" and that the piece "is a bit provocative".

Mladen Tarbuk, one of the most active participants of the musical life in Croatia, already celebrated this year. His composition Twist for chamber ensemble is marked by the usage of quarter tones and was inspired by the poem Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot.



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Concert cycle Cantus Ansambl is supported by City of Zagreb and international activities by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

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