Eclectic Salon: Live or Die by Helmut Oehring with text by Anne Sexton

Villa Aurora
Pacific Palisades, CA

Helmut Oehring  was born to deaf-mute parents in East-Berlin in 1961. Self-taught, he started out as a guitarist and composer, however, as a conscientious objector in the GDR, he was barred from attending university. In 1990 he became master student with Georg Katzer at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, where he is a member today.

His oeuvre is comprised of over 400, for the most part, audiovisual works of all genres, garnering numerous international awards, such as the Arnold Schoenberg Prize, the Hanns Eisler Prize, the Prometheus Award for Chamber Opera, the Schott Prize and the Musikautoren Prize in the category of musical theater.

Helmut Oehring has worked with Ruth Berghaus, Claus Guth, Robert Wilson, Peter Greenaway, Maxim Dessau, Daniele Abbado, and Dagmar Manzel.

His music has been performed in all major European concert houses and internationally in São Paulo, Johannesburg, Yerevan, Istanbul, Seoul, Sydney, Montreal, Bejing, New York, and Cairo.

The program will include pieces based on the poetry of American poet Anne Sexton (LIVE and The Portrait of a Woman), works referring to Albrecht Dürer and Heinrich Heine and deliver a portrait of the infamous Fred A. Leuchter, U.S. expert in execution technology and Holocaust denier. 

The evening will feature: Helmut Oehring (narrator), Stacey Fraser (Soprano), Nic Gerpe (Piano), Adrianne Pope (Violin), Jennifer Bewerse (Cello), Brian Walsh, (Kontrabassclarinet), Dan Flores (Trumpet).

Special thanks to Aron Kallay for his support.