Austrian Association for Contemporary Art and Music


Concert in Dar al-Assad on 18 March 2010

The 4th workshop of AACAM with the High Institute of Music, Damascus was again focused on contemporary music, its instrumentation, performance and sources within classical music. Thanks to Gottfried von Einem Stiftung and to Boosey & Hawks two pieces of Gottfried von Einem, namly Ludi Leopoldini (op.55) and Wandlungen (op. 21) could be rehearsed and performed. Under the conduct of Maestro Ewald Donhoffer and Missak Baghbadourian the students of the High Institute of Music also studied and performed pieces by Syrian contemporary composers Zaid Jabri, namly Musika Kameralnya and Hassan Taha, Makamphony as well as Brahms (op.73, first movement of 2nd symphony). This years workshop was also supported by Gerald  Resch, Austrian composer and musicologist who gave theoretical introduction and analysed the pieces with the students.

The concert took place on 18 March in the Damascene Opera House, Dar al-Assad. Around 700 guests enjoyed the concert.

Some sound-samples will be posted soon, as well as pictures of the after-workshop get to gether, organized by Johannes Hoegl from the Austrian Embassy in Damascus.

Special thanks for this workshop is due: Austrian Embassy Damascus 

Tickets are available through Dar al-Assad. The organizers want to express their sincere thanks to Dar al-Assad for supporting this project.

...see some pictures from the workshop... the press article...