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Vienna – End of an Era (1903-1909)
Mar 25, 7:30pm & Mar 26, 2:30pm
Annex Theatre

Passacaglia (1908) by Anton Webern
 
Kaiserwalzer by Johann Strauss
 
Seven Early Songs (1905-1908) by Alban Berg
 
Fuga (2. Ricercata) a 6 voci by Bach arr. Webern’
 
Concerto Op. 24 (1934) by Anton Webern
 
Six Orchesterlieder (1903-1905) I, II and V by Arnold Schoenberg

 

Focusing on the nexus of the first decade of 20th century Vienna, Turning Point Ensemble unveils an expressive and sumptuous concert which looks back to romanticism while embracing the spirit of change and the modern era. With guest soprano Robyn Driedger Klassen, TPE performs the extraordinary Seven Early Songs of Alban Berg and the Orchesterlieder of Arnold Schoenberg. Looking back further, we include Schoenberg’s arrangement of Johann Strauss Kaiserwalzer and Anton Webern’s arrangement of Bach’s Ricercar from the Musical OfferingLooking ahead, the concert encompasses Webern’s masterful Concerto Op. 24 for piano and 8 instruments. The arrangements of large orchestral works for the transparent and crystalline instrumentation of Turning Point Ensemble offers listeners a precise and intimate representation of a music and era as if caught in a time capsule.

 

About Robyn Driedger-Klassen
Described in the London Times as “outstanding in her impassioned embodiment of the drama”, Robyn Driedger-Klassen has been seen on many recital, concert and opera stages. Known particularly for her zeal for contemporary music, she has performed and premiered many fascinating works of living composers: R Murray Schafer, Kaija Saariaho, Jocelyn Morlock, Jeffrey Ryan, Ana Sokolovic, David McIntyre, Larry Nickel, Brian Current, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Emily Doolittle, Kati Agocs and Leslie Uyeda just to name a few.

 

Some of her favourite operatic roles include: Sophie (Werther), Naiade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marzelline (Fidelio), Alexandra (Regina), Zaide (Zaide), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), and Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro). Currently, Robyn is Head of Voice at the Vancouver Academy of Music.