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KUG subscription events 2021/22

Violinistinnen Rueckenansicht; Foto: Alexander Wenzel

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz subscription programme will be returning to an in-person format in autumn 2021, with a programme that is both extensive and diverse. 11 events in the main subscription offer audiences the chance to experience the variety and breadth of KUG live, while seven evenings in abo@MUMUTH focus more on innovative contents and formats.

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KUG main subscription

Orchestral concerts, opera, jazz and drama, choral music, church music and chamber music

The main subscription season kicks off with a highlight that previously had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Ausgezeichnet_plus, winners of the KUG international “Anna Kull” cello competition will perform together with the LGT Young Soloists and students from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

Four orchestral concerts provide an opportunity for KUG students to perform large-scale works together, with the promise of some opulent musical experiences in the Stefaniesaal. Taking the podium will be renowned conductors including Claire Levacher, the new KUG Professor of Orchestral Training.

The traditional KUG Jazz Nights bring students and teachers together on the stage of MUMUTH, with drama students contributing “100 songs” by Roland Schimmelpfennig. Choral and pre-Christmas  church music will be included, as will the compèred Seite an Seite chamber music event, which this year takes place in the Stefaniensaal. And after being restricted to a concert performance, we can now finally enjoy a staged opera production of Mozart’s Figaro in MUMUTH!


Music new and old, sound art and extraordinary artistic encounters

abo@MUMUTH launches with a musical declaration: Eight Works Against Racism and Poverty for Jazz Symphonic Orchestra, a project by Emiliano Sampaio as part of his artistic doctoral degree. The signalegraz series introduces electronic music by renowned New Zealander Annea Lockwood, and in Jazz@MUMUTH, young musicians from the jazz institute come together with movement art by KUG drama students.

Former competition winners, the ATOS TRIO, will launch the KUG international chamber music competition, Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne with music by Schubert, Korngold and Enno Poppe, while an Ariadne project showcases the outcomes of Performance Practice in Contemporary Music (PPCM) – Vocal. Anselm Hüttenbrenner’s Missa (pastorale) in C major – a historical music discovery whose autograph is held by KUG, is also on the programme. The season concludes with the PPCM concert, which has become one of the defining events for abo@MUMUTH.

Reimagining communication

The artistic communication study emphasis, which focuses on a very significant area of students’ professional futures, will be developed in the next concert season. More than ever, KUG wants to see itself as a laboratory and a space for discovery, as an events organiser free from pressure to meet quotas, and able to offer its audience new experiences. One of the planned experiments includes bringing forward the start time for all abo@MUMUTH concerts to 18.00. This creates time for an extensive after-concert programme that will open up the meeting spaces that have been so sorely lacking due to the pandemic. In our newly designed Living Room, artists and audiences can come together after the concert to discuss and expand on the artistic experience of the performance.

More information about it here!