The Winnipeg Premiere of Gruber's Frankenstein!!
A pan-demonium for chansonnier and 13-person orchestra, with children's rhymes by HC Artmann.
Frankenstein!! is hugely entertaining and devilishly clever, and it has proved very popular in the 20 years since Gruber wrote it. The music touches all those areas of culture to which the texts (in which Frankenstein and Dracula rub shoulders with James Bond and Goldfinger) refer. So pop music and hints of folk-song, Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler are all thrown into the mix to fuse with Stravinskian neo-classicism and the long tradition of Viennese cabaret. The humour is black but quizzically genial, Gruber's own performance is gleefully exuberant, but there is something to the musical style of Frankenstein!! which taps deep roots and protects it from being no more than an entertaining jeu d'esprit.
Todd Martin is the leader of the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, and performs regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Ron Paley Big Band. He is also an instructor with the Bridge Program and Manitoba Conservatory.
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