Sa. 29. January '22 18:00 Uhr
Essen Folkwang Universität der Künste

Neue Aula

Twice upon...



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Unfortunately, the concert cannot take place due to the current pandemic situation in schools.


Luciano Berio:

Twice upon… (1994) – German premiere
Theatre without words for six groups of children

Folk Songs (1964) – Excerpts

Compositions by pupils

Pupils from Bochum, Duisburg-Marxloh and Essen
Students of the Folkwang University of the Arts
Ensemble Musikfabrik
Sarah Maria Sun, mezzo-soprano
Susanne Blumenthal, conductor

“Twice upon” is undoubtedly one of the most unusual works in the entire output of Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003). In the mid-1990s, British music educator Richard McNicol suggested that Berio might compose a work that would bring children together with professional musicians. Divided into six musical teams, the children enact a fascinating “theater without words,” in which participants sing, act, whisper and laugh – along with a few surprise appearances. Only twice performed previously anywhere else in the world, this piece will now see its German premiere in the hands of pupils of the Elly Heuss Knapp Gymnasium (Duisburg-Marxloh) and of the Heinrich Kleist School (Bochum) in tandem with Ensemble Musikfabrik, a renowned collective specialized in contemporary music. The programme also features choreographies based on Berio’s Folk Songs and further pieces conceived and enacted by pupils of the Mariengymnasium (Essen-Werden) and students of the Folkwang University of the Arts conducted by Matthias Schlothfeldt.

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Folkwang Universität der Künste

Klemensborn 39

45239 Essen
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This event is a collaboration between the Ruhr Piano Festival and the Folkwang University of the Arts.
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Ensemble Musikfabrik


Susanne Blumenthal


Sarah Maria Sun


Folkwang University of the Arts

Die Folkwang Universität der Künste ist die zentrale künstlerische Ausbildungsstätte für Musik, Theater, Tanz, Gestaltung und Wissenschaft im Ruhrgebiet. Seit 1927 sind hier – gemäß der Folkw...



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