Transfigured Night

Thu. August 6th

7:30 pm (CET)
1:30 pm (EST)

Admission 20 €
Reduced 10 €
Streaming 10 €

Festival Pass 110 €
Streaming Pass 55 €

Transfigured Night

Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (Songs of a Wayfarer), songs from Brecht’s “Dreigroschenoper” (Three-penny Opera), and Schönberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” (Transfigured Night), arranged for piano trio: a program of contrast for the final evening of ZWERG 2020.

Catherine Klipfel, piano
Stefan Hempel, violin
Emanuel Wehse, cello
Johannes Held, baritone


Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen arr. für Klaviertrio
1. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
2. Ging heut morgen übers Feld
3. Ich hab ein glühend Messer
4. Die zwei blauen Augen

Kurt Weill (1900–1950)

„Lieder eines unmoralischen Menschen“
Songs aus der Dreigroschen-Oper
1. Die Moritat von M. Messer
2. Die Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit
3. Kanonensong
4. Zuhälterballade


Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951)

Verklärte Nacht op. 4 arr. für Klaviertrio


Das Morgenstern Trio
Johannes Held | Foto: Andrej Grilc

To name a piano trio after the popular nineteenth century German poet Christian Morgenstern was the inspiration of Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin, and Emanuel Wehse, cellist, who met during their studies at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany.

After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. For the twenty prize concerts, the Morgenstern Trio has received superlative reviews and immediate re-invitations for following seasons. This prize catapulted them onto the scene in the USA with performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall and other venues in NY, followed by concerts in such cities as Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Carmel, Louisville, Lexington, to Palm Beach.

The Washington Post wrote: “the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio”.

A few years earlier, the trio took First Prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, followed by two second prizes: the “Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition” and the prestigious “ARD Competition in Munich”, where they also received the audience prize. In the previous year they had already won the competitive scholarship of the “German Music Competition” and most recently, the Morgenstern Trio was selected by the ECHO (the European Concert Hall Organization) for the “Rising Star Series” granting debut concerts on all the European important stages in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm to name a few and was named “ensemble in residence” at their Alma Mata, the Folkwang Conservatory. The Germany’s national program for young musicians and the “Best of NRW” Concert Series has provided the Morgenstern Trio a noticeable platform with numerous concerts across Germany and live radio appearances to showcase their already consummate musicianship.

The debut LIVE CD released in 2008 which features works by Beethoven and Brahms has captured presenters and critics alike.

The Summer 2014 marked their inauguration of their own Morgenstern Festival in Germany offering eclectic programs with guest artists. Other festival appearances include the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades/France, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Heidelberger Fruehling, the WDR Musikfest and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland.

Mentors, such as the Alban Berg Quartet and Menahem Pressler have given the Morgenstern Trio invaluable coaching and musical insight.

“Johannes Held’s baritone voice has a firm, glowing core and a gripping, expressive force,” Susanne Benda wrote of the German baritone in Stuttgarter Nachrichten. Since his graduation from the Royal Danish Opera Academy in 2013, Johannes has impressed audiences and critics alike.

Johannes has performed as a soloist with companies including the Royal Danish Opera, Wermland Opera (SE), Staatstheater Oldenburg (GER), Staatstheater Mainz (GER) and Theater Bozen (IT). He has sung major operatic roles including Papageno, Gulgielmo, Dr. Falke, Sid, and Escamillo.

Johannes is an experienced oratorio soloist and prize-winning lieder singer. He has appeared with the orchestra of the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen Phil, Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Orchestra, La Verdi Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, and Orchestra Haydn Bolzano e Trento. His substantial oratorio repertoire includes works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Martin, and his thoughtfully programmed lieder recitals feature music by Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, and Weill, among others.

Johannes has collaborated with conductors including Andris Poga, Claus Peter Flor, Arvo Volmer, Simon Gaudenz, Johannes Gustavsson, Michael Boder, and Ruben Jais. He has appeared in chamber music festivals at Meraner Festwochen, Schubertiade Roskilde, and Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and has sung at Auditorio Bolzano, Teatro Garibaldi in Palermo, and Gothenburg Opera House. In 2018, he recorded Schubert´s Winterreise with pianist Daniel Beskow. He created the concept for “Winterreise Staged,” which he has performed since 2015 across Europe.

Johannes is founder and artistic director of the international art song-festival DER ZWERG, which is held biannually in Sindelfingen, Germany.

Johannes grew up in Sindelfingen, Germany. After early training with Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir, he studied voice at the Music Academy Freiburg, Germany, and continued at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Opera Academy in Copenhagen under the guidance of Susanna Eken. He has worked with coaches including Mikael Eliasen, Fiona MacSherry, Ouri Bronchti, and Tim Ribchester. Deborah Polaski has given him further impulses.

Johannes is grateful to the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the Evangelische Studienwerk Villigst, the Richard Wagner Foundation, and the Kunststiftung BW for support that has aided his studies and career.


Odeon der SMTT Sindelfingen
Wolboldstraße 21
71063 Sindelfingen

Handicap accessible

Public transportation: take S-Bahn S60 to Bahnhof Sindelfingen, and walk about 12 minutes to Odeon; or, take bus to Marktplatz, and walk about 3 minutes to Odeon.

Parking: Underground parking structures labeled: “Marktplatz”, “Rathaus” and “Stadthalle.”