Bienen Ensembles

Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel

Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 7:30pm

Cahn Auditorium

Joachim Schamberger, director; Patrick Furrer, conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra 

Premiered in 1893, Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Sent into the forest in search of strawberries to feed their hungry family, Hänsel and Gretel discover a gingerbread house inhabited by a wicked witch with an appetite for children. The siblings must rely on their wits, each other, and the benevolent beings watching over the forest in order to escape her clutches. With its charming folk music-inspired melodies and colorful storytelling, Humperdinck’s adaptation of the classic tale is sure to delight all ages.

Performed in German with English supertitles. 
Run time: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

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Tickets are $18 for the general public and $8 for students with valid ID.

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Cahn Auditorium


600 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Cahn Auditorium is the largest performance space on campus, with more than 1,000 seats and an orchestra pit. The venue offers main floor and balcony seating. Larger Bienen School opera productions are held here.