Symphony concert with James Gaffigan and Tom Erik Lie
With a program between the continents, James Gaffigan introduces himself to the audience as the designated General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin. Four composers of the 20th century and the present, who locate themselves between the cultural centers of New York and Berlin.
Berlin-born Lukas Foss, who knows how to cast the conventions of an American cocktail party in an absurdly comic short opera; Paul Hindemith's Metamorphosis, written in the United States; U.S. composer Samuel Barber, whose first symphony was again written in Europe and yet carries the sound of America within it; and a world premiere by composer Sven Daigger tailor-made for the Komische Oper Berlin - they are all united by the fact that, regardless of continent, they cannot be pigeonholed.
Lukas Foss [1922-2009] Introductions and Good-Byes , Libretto: Gian Carlo Menotti
Paul Hindemith [1895-1963] Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Sven Daigger [*1984] New work, commissioned by Komische Oper Berlin, (world premiere)
Samuel Barber [1910-1981] Symphony No. 1 op. 9
Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
James Gaffigan (Dirigent)
John Chest (Solist, Bariton)
Komische Oper Berlin