Richter / Pärt
This extraordinary project, several years in the planning, brings together two of the world’s most influential and enduring cultural figures.
In early autumn 2013, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Poots introduced artist Gerhard Richter and composer Arvo Pärt for the first time. As a result of that meeting in Dresden, both men made work inspired by and dedicated to the other.
The work that has developed from this remarkable creative partnership will be premiéred at MIF15 in a significant new show. A suite of four new works by Richter, Birkenau (2015) and his Double Grey (2014), will be presented with Pärt’s Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima in the newly renovated landscape gallery of the Whitworth.
Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima will be performed live throughout the day from Thu 9 to Sat 11 July by celebrated Estonian choir Vox Clamantis and thereafter by local choirs.
In celebration of the composer’s first visit to Manchester, MIF has invited a range of local choirs (professional, amateur and community) to perform Arvo Part’s Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fatima as part of the Festival.
Following the opening weekend performances by Vox Clamantis, the work will be recreated by the voices of the Manchester Chamber Choir, the William Byrd Singers, the Ordsall Acapella Singers, the Manchester Singers, the Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan Youth Choirs, the KEMS choir, the Sacred Sounds Choir and the Siemens' Staff Choir and friends. Join us throughout the week to support these local friends in their performances of this beautiful work.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth.
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Poots. Consultant Curator Pollyanna Clayton-Stamm.