HK Gruber in spotlight at Stockholm Composer Festival
This year's International Composer Festival at Stockholm's Konserthuset is devoted to the music of HK Gruber, with three Swedish premieres including his new Piano Concerto for Emanuel Ax.
This season celebrates the 75th birthday of HK Gruber and his music in the spotlight in Stockholm in November, with the International Composer festival at the Konserthuset presenting nine of his works. The composer is joined on the rostrum by Sakari Oramo and Thomas Dausgaard, with soloists Emanuel Ax, Colin Currie and Matthew Barley and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
The repertoire ranges from his classic Pandemomium for chansonnier and orchestra, Frankenstein!!, to his most recent works performed for the first time in Sweden. Three concertos are programmed: the Piano Concerto written for Emanuel Ax, the percussion concerto into the open... with Colin Currie, and the Cello Concerto with Matthew Barley. Orchestral works include Dancing in the Dark and his suite Northwind Pictures drawn from his 2005 opera Der Herr Nordwind. Chamber orchestra works include Manhattan Broadcasts and Timescapes written in memory of the Viennese poet H.C. Artmann.
16 November, 19.00 / 18 November, 15.00 Piano Concerto (Swedish premiere) / Charivari / Dancing in the Dark Emanuel Ax/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/Sakari Oramo
19 November, 15.00 Frankenstein!! HK Gruber/Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra
22 November, 19.00 / 23 November, 18.00 into the open… (Swedish premiere) / Northwind Pictures (Swedish premiere) Colin Currie/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/HK Gruber