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The Ernst Krenek Forum celebrates its 10th anniversary


In 2008 the Ernst Krenek Forum was founded in Krems – after the model of the ancient forum – as a platform and space for music, culture, education, and dialogue. The exhibition in the venerable rooms of the Minorite Monastery surveys the diverse activities and works of Ernst Krenek and presents the stations of his life during the turbulent twentieth century in the context of society, politics, and culture.

The tenth anniversary is an occasion on which to look at the new and the old, at experiences, at the present and the future, and naturally reason enough for a party, which will take place on Saturday, 13 October 2018 in the rooms of the Ernst Krenek Forum and in the Minorite Church in Krems.

An extensive program is planned: the ensemble Federspiel and singer Anna Clare Hauf will lead off with excerpts from their arrangement of Krenek’s renowned opera Jonny spielt auf (Jonny plays on).

The seldom-performed Concerto Grosso No. 1 will be heard under the baton of Hubert Poell, the director of the Krems Music School.

A film by music educator Veronika Großberger will give insights into the active educational work of the Ernst Krenek Forum. Pupils and teachers of the Krems Music School will perform pieces from Krenek’s School Music, op. 85.

The future of the Ernst Krenek Forum will be the subject of a panel discussion between experienced personalities from the cultural sphere. The modular synthesizer by Don Buchla from the estate of Ernst Krenek, which was completely renovated in the summer of 2017, will also be heard.

The Ernst Krenek Ensemble will present the CD, released on the Toccata label, featuring chamber music and songs by Ernst Krenek. Moreover, the latest volume, no. 7, of the Ernst Krenek Studies will be presented.

We are especially looking forward to the highlight of the evening, the premiere of Krenek’s Reisebuch aus den Österreichischen Alpen (Travel Book from the Austrian Alps), op. 62, in the orchestral version by Till Alexander Körber, with tenor Alexander Kaimbacher and the Webern Sinfonietta of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna under the direction of conductor HK Gruber.