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Sun, 16. November 2008

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Concerts in the Konzerthaus with HK Gruber

On October 25 and 26, 2008, in the large auditorium of the Konzerthaus as part of the cycles "HK Gruber" and "Orchester international" two concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic took place under HK Gruber, who performed as speaker, chansonnier and conductor. The "ursonate" for voice by Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), a classic example of sound poetry, was followed by "A Jazz Symphony" by George Antheil (1900-1959). This was followed by Friederich Cerha's 2006 composition "Wiener Kaleidoskop" (I. Marsch; VII. Lied: Der Himmel für uns Wiener; VIII. Intermezzo; Polka; III. Potpourri) with the composer in attendance. Julian Rachlin concluded the first half of the program by playing Igor Strawinsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. After the intermission, "Frankenstein!! A pandemonium for Chansonier and Orchestra" was performed. This is HK Gruber's most popular work, which - since its premiere 30 years ago - has been performed around 1500 times and can rightfully said to be the most often performed work of a living composer. This program took place with the participation of the Philharmonic's musical education program "passwort:klassik", with 40 school children augmenting the performance through pantomime and dance. A large number of the 400 other young people who themselves participated in an interdisciplinary and creative study of the composition in the past six months were in attendance at the dress rehearsal on October 24. Concluding the concerts on October 25/26 was Leonard Bermstein's "Prélude, Fugue and Riffs" for solo clarinet and jazz ensemble, with Ernst Ottensamer as protagonist.

 

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