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HK Gruber Conducts Weill & Eisler

Zankel Hall

“[Gruber] brings the spirit of the music and of the era to life.”—New York Times

HK Gruber, Conductor and Chansonnier
The Zankel Band
··Kelli Kathman, Flute and Piccolo
··Tara O'Connor, Flute and Piccolo
··Anthony Burr, Clarinet
··Moran Katz, Clarinet
··Dan Block, Clarinet and Saxophone
··Ted Nash, Saxophone
··Michael Migliore, Tenor Saxophone
··Marc Goldberg, Bassoon
··Tom Sefcovic, Bassoon
··Louis Hanzlik, Trumpet
··Michael Blutman, Trumpet
··Mike Boschen, Trombone
··Pablo Rieppi, Percussion
··Eric Poland, Percussion
··Eric Huebner, Piano and Harmonium
··Scott Kuney, Banjo and Guitar
··Will Holshouser, Accordion
··Caleb Burhans, Violin
··Priscilla Lee, Cello
··Nathan Farrington, Bass
Conjuring up the decadence and sharp wit of the era of Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler, conductor-chansonnier HK Gruber leads a chamber orchestra in a performance of music by the two greatest theatrical composers of Weimar Berlin.
WEILL   "Berlin im Licht"
EISLER   "Ballade von der Krüppelgarde"
EISLER   Suite for Orchestra No. 2, Op. 24
WEILL   "Öl-Musik"
EISLER   "Ballade von der Wohltätigkeit"
EISLER   "Das Lied vom SA-Mann"
EISLER   Suite for Orchestra No. 3, Op. 26
WEILL   "Morgenchoral des Peachum" from Die Dreigroschenoper
WEILL   "Lied von der Unzulänglichkeit menschlichen Strebens" from Die Dreigroschenoper
EISLER   "Stempellied"
EISLER   "Ballade von den Säckeschmeißern"
WEILL   "Klopslied"
WEILL   Kleine Dreigroschenmusik für Orchester

WEILL   "Der Song von Mandalay" from Happy End
WEILL   "Moritat von Mackie Messer" from Die Dreigroschenoper

The Berlin in Lights festival is made possible by a leadership gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Major funding has also been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from Martha and Bob Lipp, Fundación Mercantil (Venezuela), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding provided by Axel Springer AG, GWFF USA Inc., and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

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Composer, conductor, chansonnier and double bass player HK Gruber is one of the most well-known and well-loved figures in contemporary music, and yet he remains something of an enigma.

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Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler were the preeminent exponents of the "cabaret style," and their lives often unrolled along parallel courses. Though both are principally remembered for their works in “popular” style, they both had undergone strict “classical” training.

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