WHEN I DIE: A GHOST STORY WITH MUSIC (presented by Lókal & RDF)

WEDNESDAY 26TH AND THURSDAY 27TH  AUGUST || 21:00 - 21:30 || GAMLA BÍÓ, INGÓLFSSTRÆTI 2a

A true story: Rosemary Brown, widow and mother of two, lives in a town house in Balham,South London. In November 1964 the ghost of Franz Liszt visits her and asks her if he could dictate a couple of compositions to her which he could not finish in his lifetime. Brown who does not have a musical education, agrees. Shortly after this incident, Johann Sebastian Bach comes to her with the same wish – and immediately after this there are Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven – joined later by John Lennon and Albert Einstein. In the following years Brown gets up at half past six every morning, has breakfast and then receives deceased composers for a musical dictation between eight and two and between three and six o’clock. These sessions create among other works a forty pages long sonata and twelve Lieder by Schubert, a fantaisie impromptu by Chopin and two sonatas as well as the tenth and eleventh symphonies by Beethoven. Rosemary Brown herself dies in London in 2001.

In the latest piece by Swiss Director and Musician Thom Luz Brown’s scores constitute the starting point for a cheerful evening with ghosts for three musicians, one actor and one actress.

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With: Jack McNeill Daniele Pintaudi, Suly Röthlisberger, Samuel Streiff, Mathias Weibel

Director, Conception, Stage Design: Thom Luz

Musical Director : Mathias Weibel

Dramaturgy : Marcus Dross

Costume and Light design : Tina Bleuler

Sound : Martin Hofstetter

Production and Tourmanagement : Gabi Bernetta

Production: Thom Luz

Duration: 75 minutes

A Coproduction with Gessnerallee Zürich; Spielart Festival München; Kaserne Basel; Theater Chur; Südpol Luzern

With the Support of: Canton of Zurich; Zurich Ville de Culture ; Pro Helvetia – Swiss arts ; Migros-Kulturprozent; Fondation Ernst Göhner ; Fondation Georges et Jenny Bloch