Frühling for Families: BerBerio


A performance about the mythical composer Luciano Berio and his muse for 6+

Duration: 50 mins.
Max. audience capacity: 200 (150 for school audiences)


Zonzo Compagnie conquers the world with intriguing performances about the work of fascinating musicians and composers. Earlier, the music of John Cage and miles Davis was unveiled and tackled, now it’s Luciano Berio’s turn.

Following the wayward recipe of this Italian composer, the music world is turned on its head more than once. You hear a sung strip album, skilfully take part in the mixing of several composers, and his delicious folk songs are dished up right in front of you.

Four musicians guide you through music history, shift some musical borders, pass by Berio’s muse and hyper-talented wife Cathy Berberian and leave us behind with the pleasant observation that the music world is a powder-barrel of creative possibilities.

On stage, you see and hear the ensemble Revue Blanche, that recently won the Klara prize for young talent. Musicians of an extraordinary level, who have found in Letizia Renzini an ideal partner to turn the world of Luciano Berio into a wonderful multi-medial performance.

BerBerio is a production of Zonzo Compagnie, in coproduction with Revue Blanche, Concertgebouw Brugge, Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen and KC Rataplan – with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Vlaanderen Verbeelding Werkt.


Letizia Renzini & Revue Blanche – concept
Letizia Renzini – stage direction, video
Luciano Berio, Cathy Berberian & Revue Blanche – music
Pieter Nys – technique, light, stage design
Johanna Trudzinski – costume

Played by Revue Blanche:
Lore Binon – soprano
Caroline Peeters – flutes
Anouk Sturtewagen – harp
Kris Hellemans – viola

In cooperation with UnterwegsTheater/Künstlerhaus/HebelHalle

Frühling for Families: Bombardon

Afterwards: The association of the Heidelberger Frühling invites you to a family get-together with cocoa and biscuits.

In cooperation with TES e.V., Kulturkreis Boxberg-Emmertsgrund and Bürgerhaus HeidelBERG Emmertsgrund

We thank
Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling


SIGNUM saxophone quartet

The four musicians of the the SIGNUM saxophone quartet, Blaž Kemperle, Erik Nestler, Alan Lužar and Guerino Bellarosa, have studied in Cologne, Vienna and Amsterdam and founded the ensemble un 2006. They have been influenced and inspired by the Quatuor Ébène, Artemis Quartet and Gabor Takács-Nágy.

Award-winners at international competitions including Lugano and Berlin, SIGNUM nowadays play in concert halls and at festivals all over Europe such as the Barbican Centre London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Gulbenkian Lisbon, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Cologne as well as at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the Rheingau Musik Festival.

SIGNUM are constantly searching for new ideas, ground breaking challenges and intriguing artistic encounters. Their sheer joy and experimental versatility are reflected in their extraordinary programs; the four young musicians are also to be heard in classical quartet formations and they continue to create exciting, never before seen joint arrangements with inspiring soundscapes. They also care deeply about the audience of tomorrow e.g. by creating projects and concert programs.

The first CD of the quartet „DEBUT“ was launched in 2011 including works by Grieg, Ravel, Bartók and Shostakovich; a second CD „BALKANICATION“ was released in December 2014. A new CD has been released in 2016/17.

Beethoven Trio

The Beethoven Trio Bonn, founded in 2005, first made their name with compositions by their eponym Beethoven and other Romantic works, before more recently turning their attention to Russian repertoire.

Mikhail Ovrutsky (violin) and Grigory Alumyan (violoncello) are two of the founding members of this ambitious piano trio, which in 2015 maintained and strengthened its tradition with the addition of pianist Jinsang Lee. All three musicians are among the best in their instruments, are major international award winners and pursuing successful solo careers.

Guest performances have taken the musicians all round the world, for example, to South Africa, Spain and Austria, to the USA, and to Japan, where their widely acclaimed concert in the Kioi Hall in Tokyo was a high point in their tour. The piano trio has also performed at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and at the Raderberg concert series in Cologne.

Mike Svoboda

Mike Svoboda – born 1960 on the island of Guam, grew up in Chicago and came to Germany with the help of a BMI Award to Young Composers in 1982. His eleven years as trombonist with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 80s and 90s proved to be of eminent importance for Svoboda’s musical development. Including the collaboration with Stockhausen and other composers such as Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Smolka, David Lang, and Frank Zappa, Svoboda has premiered over 400 works for trombone at festivals throughout the world.

Major festivals have invited him to be artist or composer-in-residence. Often involved in his works as a soloist or with his own Mike Svoboda Ensemble, he composes across the borders between popular and classical music, high culture and entertainment, combining – through the use of text and various musical styles – both traditional and avant-garde.

Numerous CDs, mainly for the WERGO label, document Svoboda’s art both as an interpreter and composer. In 2008 he was awarded the Praetorius-Prize for Innovation in Music from the German government, because of, according to the jury, the “influence and recognition his concepts and ideas have had on the development of music and its performance”.