Programming William Walton's and Edith Sitwell's once provocative work with Graham Valentine as narrator is a pleasure for Ensemble Phoenix Basel in various ways. The English poet Edith Sitwell became an icon of the lesbian-gay movement not only through her poems, but also through her eccentric lifestyle and uncompromisingly non-conformist views, provoking many a scandal with her appearance as early as the early 1920s. At the premiere of «Façade», she spoke her surrealist verses invisibly behind a painted screen with a hole cut out for a huge megaphone.
In combination with the commissions to the two young composers Asia Ahmetjanova from Latvia and Charlotte Torres from France, both living in Switzerland, current artistic dynamite is guaranteed.
19:00 Concert introduction with the composers and Jürg Henneberger