The world is in uproar. And transit is the catchphrase of our time. A term that evokes terrible associations and names brutal facts: refugees escaping wars, conflicts and persecution, the travels of those banished and those who have fled. Transit, however, is also a term that suddenly illuminates the core of music as an art of resounding motion and moving sounds, as an art moving through time and thereby shaping it, as an art of constant passage, of eternal change.


The term »transit«, almost inherently connected with music, outlines the field of tension of the festival cresc...2017.

Under the motto TRANSIT, Ensemble Modern and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra present 14 events at seven locations in the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main region between November 22 and 26, 2017: ensemble and orchestral music, jazz, musical theatre, dance and music performances as well as panel discussions. Special space is given to artists who build bridges, transform borders, who keep reorienting, moving between countries, cultures and genres. As did the composer Isang Yun, whose 100th birthday the year 2017 marks. All his life, he mediated between South and North Korea, Europe and Asia, but also between tradition and avant-garde, between art and politics. cresc...2017 combines works by Isang Yun with a polyphonic network of current musical positions on the pressing subjects of our day: conflict and reconciliation, hope and resignation, place and non-place, territory and identity, property and other people’s possessions – thereby taking an emphatic stand on aspects of today’s global transit, both in political and aesthetic terms.

cresc... Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main is a festival presented by Ensemble Modern and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Institute for Contemporary Music at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts, International Ensemble Modern Academy and Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.