HK Gruber celebrates Kurt Weill centenary
On 2 March 2000, exactly 100 years after the birth of Kurt Weill, HK Gruber celebrated in style by conducting (and singing with) the London Sinfonietta at the South Bank Centre in an all-Weill concert, including the Violin Concerto and Kleine Dreigroschenmusik plus the lesser-known Berlin im Licht, Vom Tod im Wald, Öl-Musik and Suite Panaméenne.

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The concert was part of the Royal Festival Hall’s celebration of Weill, From Time to Time, of which Gruber was an Artistic Director. The programme was subsequently toured by Intermusica to Paris, Brussels and Dessau (Weill’s birthplace), where it closed the eighth annual Kurt Weill Fest. Immediately afterwards, Gruber conducted two Weill programmes at the Berlin Konzerthaus with Ensemble Modern, including a concert performance of Die Dreigroschenoper. Weill also featured in Gruber's recent concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic. Still ahead are more Weill concerts with Ensemble Modern including at the Köln Triennale and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and concert performances of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at several major festivals in September 2000.

In addition to all the Weill festivities, Gruber found some time to perform other composers’ music (including his own), in concerts with the Winnipeg Symphony, die reihe in Vienna, RSO-Frankfurt, Wiener Virtuosen and (coming up in May) the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgarter Staatsorchester. His trumpet concerto, Aerial, a hit of the 1999 BBC Proms, has since had its Austrian premiere (Håkan Hardenberger/RSO-Wien/Russell Davies), and Danish premiere (Hardenberger/Danish Radio/Schirmer), with a long list of other performances planned worldwide for this extraordinary piece.

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