Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire @ 100

@ 9:00pm

Tickets available through Music on Main

You know Edvard Munch’s Expressionist masterpiece The Scream? Well, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire shows us what Expressionism sounds like. 100 years to the day that Pierrot Lunaire premiered, Music on Main produces a cabaret that shines a light on the masterpiece that changed the course of vocal music forever.

Singer, visual artist and improviser Carol Sawyer joins composer/pianist Lisa Cay Miller for a seriously fun journey from 1910s Berlin Cabaret song through to today’s craziest vocal sounds. Then after drinks and intermission, Robyn Driedger-Klassen takes on the role of Pierrot, tapping into the internal psychodrama of ever-changing, turbulent times.

Pierrot Lunaire brings to life the strange poetry of Albert Giraud. Surrounded by a cabaret-like musical ensemble, the character of Pierrot constantly transforms, from female to male, from rational to irrational, from sober to ecstatic.

100 years after its creation, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire continues to challenge and confound, shock and delight. Discover for yourself why it’s a cornerstone of 20th Century art that all art lovers want to know.


Soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen as Pierrot

The Music on Main All-Star Band – Mark McGregor (flute), Cris Inguanti (clarinet), David Gillham (violin & viola), Marcus Takizawa (viola), Ariel Barnes (cello), Corey Hamm (piano), Marguerite Witvoet (conductor)

With special guests Carol Sawyer (vocalist) and Lisa Cay Miller


Co-presentation with Music on Main