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do you love wagner?

After 11 years and numerous performances with his friends Scott Roller (Violoncello), Wolfgang Fernow (contra bass) and Michael Kiedaisch (drums) the last performance of 14 Attempts to love Wagner took place 2013 in Basel.

But now Mike Svoboda decided to renew the composition, to change the name slightly and start a tour to perform it with a new young group of musicians.

The premiere of do you love wagner? will take place in the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden on 19.03.2017 together with Karoline Öhman (violoncello), Aleksander Gabrys (contra bass) and João Carlos Pacheco (Schlagzeug).

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Mixed Feelings by Kurt Schwertsik

Mike Svoboda will be playing Mixed Feelings (2001) together with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart the German premiere of a concerto for trombone and orchestra, written by Kurt Schwertsik (*1934) at the New Years Concert of the Stuttgarter Oper. Dennis Russel Davis will conduct and there will also be a waltz of Richard Strauss, an ouverture of Hans Werner Henze and a sinfonia of Joseph Haydn. So you can expect a rapturous farewell into this new years’s evening. 

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Concert for trombone by Georg Friedrich Haas

On 16.10.2016 Mike Svoboda will premiere a concert for trombone by the composer Georg Friedrich Haas together with the SWR Sinfonieorchester, conducted by Alejo Pérez. This trombone concert was a collaborative mission of the SWR, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the ORF-Radio Symphonieorchester Wien and funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musik Stiftung.

Mike Svoboda will play this composition of Georg Friedrich Haas at the Wien Modern together with the ORF-Radio Symphonieorchester Wien at the end of 2016 and together with the Sinfonieorchester Basel in June 2018.

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Svoboda composer-in-residence

With three concerts of Mike Svoboda compositions, the composer was featured at the Festival Zeitgenossen (contemporaries) in the city of Heidenheim, Germany from the 24th to 26th of June, 2015. Alongside a solo performance by Mike Svoboda, there was the German premiere of his Die Bücher der Zeiten, an hour long work for three female voices, trombone and percussion, performed by the Mike Svoboda Ensemble. The third concert was a portrait with the Ensemble AUDITE NOVA under the direction of Maddelena Ernst. Among other compositions it included the German premiere of the quintet Eunoia and 20 French Songs.

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New concerto from Georg Friedrich Haas

Mike Svoboda will premiere a new work from the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2016 in Donaueschingen, Germany. Further performances are planed for Vienna and Basel. The work is still to be composed, but the first step has been taken: a date, venue and commission for the premiere!

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