Georg Frederic Haas: in vain
Written in protest to the rise of the far-right Freedom Party in the 1999 Austrian elections, 'in vain' hints at a heightened sensory world where dark, unnatural forces are at work. As familiar harmonies meet microtonal systems, Haas evokes an otherworldly realm that oscillates between the past and the present, between clarity and dystopia.
With twenty minutes of the piece performed in complete darkness, in vain transforms the concert hall into a mysterious new landscape, where you must trust your ears and relinquish your sight.
Premiered in 2000 and receiving its first, sold out UK performance from the London Sinfonietta in 2013, this is your second chance to hear Haas’ in vain
Part of Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief festival.