Frommermann

Dutch vocal group FROMMERMANN is named after Harry Frommermann,
founder of the Comedian Harmonists. This German ensemble, comprised of
five singers and a pianist, was a huge sensation in the late 1920s and
early 1930s. Frommermann made their debut in the 2005 Grachtenfestival
in Amsterdam with the program ‘Broken Silence’, a musical tribute to the
Comedian Harmonists. Although meant to be a singular collaboration,
public and press were so enthusiastic about the group that more concerts
quickly followed. In 2006 Frommermann received an invitation to perform
at the annual Koninginnedagconcert (‘Queen’s Concert’) at the
Noordeinde Palace in The Hague which was attended by HRH Queen Beatrix
and the royal family. For this occasion, the Dutch public television
program NPS created a ‘making of’ documentary which, together with the
concert itself, was broadcast nationwide on Koninginnedag 2006.

In the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons Frommermann toured extensively
throughout the Netherlands with the ‘Broken Silence’ program.
Frommermann presented in the 2008/09 season ‘Holland-America Line’, a
theatrical concert which blended film images with Dutch and American
music from the thirties and forties. In addition to many concerts in the
Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, Frommermann enjoyed various
highlights in 2008/09 such as performing in the celebrated
Prinsengrachtconcert for thousands of people along the canals of
Amsterdam, collaborating with esteemed Dutch actors Peter Blok and Gijs
Scholten van Aschat in sold-out performances in De Kleine Komedie
theatre in Amsterdam and singing in the annual Remembrance Day concert
in the Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw. In the 2009/10 season the
gentlemen toured throughout the Netherlands with ‘Thrilling Thirties’
(‘Betoverende Jaren 30?).
2011 brought two completely different premiere. ‘Pak Aan’, an
adventurous evening full of musical excellence and vocal variété,
directed by Karel de Rooij (from Mini & Maxi), and ‘FrommerFranz’, a
homage to Franz Schubert, written and directed by Marc Pantus. With
this return to their classical roots, ‘FrommerFranz’ captured the
attention of nationwide press and guaranteed sold-out venues. In 2013
Frommermann premiered ‘Classified’ with music from Byrd to Randy Newman.