New music – a little different cup of coffee
A breath of fresh air associated with the efforts of the Prague based chamber Orchestra Berg to promote works of young Czech contemporary composers has been heavily discussed in my previous posts. I thus decided to return to the subject of the NUBERG compositional contest for the last time with an addition concerning its results. The seventh season of the competition selected new works of young Czech composers associated with the orchestra by means of their previous commissions and presented them to the public not only in the traditional concert setting but also online on Internet and in selected public space locations with help of a custom made audio device sluchomat. Special attention was devoted to high school audiences this year. By the decision of an international expert jury, the main prize and the title of laureate went to Jakub Rataj (b.1984) for his composition titled Proraketon. Both remaining awards, prizes of the public and the young, mainly because of the number of votes submitted by high-school students, went to Martin Klusák (b.1987) for his piece titled In paradisum. Winning compositions will all receive their additional performances March 18 at the National Memorial Place of Vítkov, Prague.