Udo Zimmermann on his 80th birthday

Talk & concert

2023/24 Konzert Gespräch
Photo: Matthias Creutziger

“Ich bin ein Theatermensch. Udo Zimmermann: Dokumente und Erinnerungen” (I am a person of theater. Udo Zimmermann: Documentation and Memories) – this is the title of a comprehensive documentation on the life and work of the composer, conductor and artistic director, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday on October 6, 2023, which will be published by Musikverlag Breitkopf & Härtel in March 2024. The publication, edited by dramaturge Saskia Zimmermann together with Dresden musicologist Prof. Matthias Herrmann, combines documents, letters, autographs and photos from the estate with memories. Colleagues and associates report on their encounters and collaboration with Udo Zimmermann from a variety of perspectives.

The book launch on March 24 at the Leipzig Book Fair will be followed by a presentation of the book in Udo Zimmermann’s home city of Dresden on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Among other things, he provided important input here from 1987 with the international festival Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik (Dresden Days of Contemporary Music) and played a key role in the revival of the Festspielhaus Hellerau as an art venue in 2004 with the founding of the European Center for the Arts. The book launch is planned as a reading and panel discussion with personalities who are represented in the book with their own contributions. The discussion about Udo Zimmermann will be followed by a concert of his chamber music, short excerpts from his operas and song compositions.

Concept and project management: Saskia Zimmermann 

Duration: ca. 2 h
Language: German

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At the Carl Maria von Weber Museum the special exhibition “Udo Zimmermann – a modern romantic?” can be seen until September 29, 2024. 
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Moderation: Ekkehard Klemm

Die gefesselte Hexe (The bound witch) 
Reconstruction of the choreography by Harald Wandtke out of the year 1979 to Sieh, meine Augen – Reflexionen für Kammerorchester nach Ernst Barlach (1970) (See my eyes – reflections for chamber orchestra after Ernst Barlach) by Udo Zimmermann
A production by tristan Production / Idea: Isolde Matkey
Music: Recording
Soloist: Katja Erfurth (Dance)

Podium discussion
Frank Geißler (European Centre forthe Arts Hellerau, Dresden)
Michael Heinicke (Director, Dresden)
René Hirschfeld (Composer, Wernigerode)
Dr. Larissa Kowal-Wolk (Program editor BR musica viva, München)
Saskia Zimmermann (Dramaturge/Editor, Dresden)  

– Intermission –

Wintervogel das Herz (1990/91) (Winter bird the heart)
Song cycle for baritone and piano after poems by Rebecca Lutter
I Wintervogel (Winter bird)
II Der Tänzer (The dancer)
III Trübseligkeit (Gloominess)
Baritone: Willy Wagner
Piano: Robin Gaede

Dramatische Impression (Dramatic Impressions) 1963 for violoncello and piano
Violoncello: Yun Ho
Piano: Eun Choi

Legende (Legend)
for Soprano and piano
from: Fünf Gesänge auf Texte von Wolfgang Borchert (1964) (Five songs on texts by Wolfgang Borchert)
Soprano: Nantia Toliou
Piano: Robin Gaede  

Holunderblüte (1968) (Elderflower)
for Soprano and piano
Text: Johannes Bobrowski
Soprano: Nantia Toliou
Piano: Robin Gaede

„Einmal möchte ich mit dir durch unsere Wälder laufen“ (“One day I would like to walk through our woods with you”)
out of the chamber opera „Weiße Rose“ (1984/85) (White rose)
for Soprano and flute
Soprano: Nantia Toliou
Flute: Karol Tomasek

Sonetti amorosi for Alto, flute and string quartet (1966)
Based on texts by Gaspara Stampa
I Quasi vago e purpureo giacinto
II Come chi mira in ciel fisso le stelle
III Or che ritorna e si rinova l’anno
Alto: Ingvill Statle Skjørten (Nr. 1 and 3) and Lia-Sophia Gets-Bermann (Nr. 2)
Flute: Karol Tomasek
String quartet: Olivia Croitoru, Emy Joui Karr, Alwyn Tomas Westbrooke, Paul Garnier
Musical direction: Yiting Shi

The reconstruction “Die gefesselte Hexe” is a production by tristan Production/Idea Isolde Matkey.

An event by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, the music publisher Breitkopf & Härtel and the Saxon Academy of the Arts

Supported by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This event is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.