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Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of HK Gruber’s Short Stories from the Vienna Woods, a symphonic work pulled from the composer’s acclaimed 2014 opera, Tales from the Vienna Woods, in January 2022.

Viennese composer HK Gruber’s new symphonic suite Short Stories from the Vienna Woods is premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andris Nelsons on January 6-8, 2022.The 30-minute orchestral work, co-commissioned by the Boston Symphony orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, is cast in seven movements and features music drawn from his opera Tales from the Vienna Woods, such as "Song from the Wachau," "Splintered Waltzes," the "Nachspiel" set of chorale variations, the "Prayer" and a final "Polka infernale."

The opera Tales from the Vienna Woods is based on Ödön von Horváth’s play about a broken engagement, set against the disintegrated Viennese society of the late-1920s just before the Austrofascist takeover. Gruber’s opera has been staged at the Bregenz Festival, the Theater an der Wien, the Komische Oper in Berlin and the Theater Hagen. Reviewing the opera, Suddeutsche Zeitung wrote:"The piece goes straight to the heart … superb craftsmanship." Neues Deutschland wrote: "Gruber has created a score from the best that new music can offer… It is thanks to this most original of Austrian composers, that an opera has been created out of the play, and one of such impressiveness that it deserves to be performed on every operatic stage from New York to Tokyo.”

This world premiere comes on the tails of the US premiere of another Gruber operatic suite, his Northwind Pictures, drawn from Der Herr Nordwind, which the composer himself conducted in November with the New World Symphony.

Concert Information

Thursday, January 6 at 8pm ET
Friday, January 7 at 1:30pm ET
Saturday, January 8pm ET
Symphony Hall

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin

HK GRUBER Short Stories from the Vienna Woods World Premiere
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5
Sergei PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

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