Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG Orchestra: European tour


Soprano/conductor Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG Orchestra reunite this December for performances in Europe with music from their Grammy nominated album, Crazy Girl Crazy.
In 2014, Barbara’s conducting debut in Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with LUDWIG received an overwhelming response, resulting in being awarded the Ovatie 2014 prize for the best classical concert of the year in the Netherlands.

Barbara comments “Crazy Girl Crazy is a hall of mirrors, with Berio’s Sequenza III and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Suite serving as reflections of Lulu from varying angles and stages of her life. Her blood runs through the veins of all three works presented here. Musically, the jazz elements would be one obvious link between the pieces by Berg and Gershwin, as well as the lush vocal themes and the urgency of the extreme emotional content, but it is the larger concept of human beings in crazy love and obsession, in the midst of maddening heartbreak, searching for home, and finding it in the rhythm of their own heartbeat, which connects the music.”

Tour dates

AMSTERDAM | 4 December 2017, 8:15pm
Het Concertgebouw – tickets

LUXEMBOURG | 5 December 2017, 8:00pm
Philharmonie – tickets

VIENNA | 7 December 2017, 7:30pm
Wiener Konzerthaus – tickets

HAMBURG | 11 December 2017, 8:00pm
Elbphilharmonie – sold-out

AIX-EN-PROVENCE | 13 December 2017, 8:30pm
Grande Theatre de Provence – tickets

DORTMUND | 15 December 2017, 8:00pm
Konzerthaus – tickets


Barbara Hannigan – soprano/conductor
LUDWIG Orchestra
Debussy – Syrinx, L. 129
Schönberg – Verklärte Nacht
Berg – Lulu Suite
Gershwin – Girl Crazy (arr. Bill Elliott/Barbara Hannigan)

Feature articles, Crazy Girl Crazy

The New York Times: “The Soprano Barbara Hannigan on Girl Craziness and ‘Lulu'” “Barbara Hannigan: Crazy Girl”

Libération: “Barbara Hannigan: «Je donne une notion de souffle à ma direction»” “Barbara Hannigan: Olympische Stimmbänder”

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Critical acclaim, 2014 Concertgebouw debut concert

“nothing less than a miracle”, “a revolution in conducting” -Het Parool
“Hannigan is an all-round musician, her whole being breathes music.” -De Telegraaf
“Hannigan’s greatest merit is that everything – also the typically Stravinsky rhythmical jumps – sounds natural and never forced.” -De Volkskrant

Barbara Hannigan Crazy Girl Crazy

Critical acclaim, Crazy Girl Crazy

“Intelligent, invigorating, Crazy Girl Crazy is a madly compelling listen.” -The Times

“Hannigan has the capacity to become legendary as a conductor”
“Whether she sings or conducts, Hannigan is phenomenal. She does both with great ease” -De Volkskrant

“One of music’s great risk-takers” Gramophone

“Hannigan – who has portrayed Lulu on stage to great acclaim – is completely at one with the Ludwig players, and a clearly happy working relationship is reflected in performance of remarkable emotional openness, lyricism and sensuousness.” -Europadisc

“C’est ensuite devant le Ludwig Orchestra, d’Amsterdam, qu’elle chante et dirige Lulu Suite d’Alban Berg, offrant une interprétation impeccable.” -Voir

“Ludwig Orchester das unter Hannigans Leitung glänzend musiziert” -BR-Klassik

“Barbara Hannigan als Dirigentin und Sängerin formt gemeinsam mit dem Ludwig Orchestra souverän die Musiken Bergs, Berios und Gershwins zu einem reizvollen Stationendrama. Aus den Klängen heraus, kraftvoll, intensiv.” -deutschlandfunk

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