Kurt Weill

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When Kurt Weill went to Palestine

Our current Lebrecht Album of the Week has awoken multiple associations in various quarters of our global readership. Among them is this astonishing picture, discovered by the Israel Philharmonic conductor Lahav Shani in a photographer’s shop, of the deeply-tanned composer attending a rehearsal of his orchestra in 1947. Weill...
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‘Mack The Knife’: Bobby Darin Takes Kurt Weill Into The Pop Charts

The British singles chart of September 26, 1959 may have shown local artists Craig Douglas and Cliff Richard holding down the top two spots, but North American stars were all over the Top 10. Jerry Keller, the Everly Brothers, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, and Canada’s Paul Anka were all riding high, and a New York vocal stylist who had just spent a month at No.1 was on his way there again. His name was Bobby Darin.
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BITS & BYTES: “Measure for Measure” at Shake & Co.; StoryWalk® treasure hunt; music of Kurt Weill; Olana’s Young at HeART; Hawthorne Valley’s Lamb pens book

LENOX — Shakespeare & Company continues its 2021 season with a workshop production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Directed by Alice Reagan, the production will open for a limited run September 1–5. “Measure for Measure” tells the story of Angelo, a minister who is abruptly appointed to rule over a chaotic and debauched city and restores order with repressive laws and an iron fist over licentiousness. The object of his own twisted desire is a young nun, whom he puts in an unthinkable position. “To whom should I complain?” is all that young Isabella can utter when she finds herself the target of his abuse of power. Justice can never come soon enough.
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Mac-Haydn Theatre goes off-type with Kurt Weill musical

Renowned for its stylish productions of Broadway musicals, the venerable Mac-Haydn Theatre offers something different with “Exiled,” a portrait in words and music of composer Kurt Weill, to be performed on Sept. 1 and 29. The show was conceived and written by tenor James Benjamin Rodgers who will sing a generous sampling of Weill’s songs. Along the way he also tells the remarkable story of the composer’s rise to prominence in his native Germany and his exile, first to France and then to the United States where he contributed to what is often referred to as the Great American Songbook.

Coming up in Philly Music: The life and songs of Kurt Weill

Lyric Fest’s next Biography in Music concert will portray the life and music of Kurt Weill, a composer who enlivened the musical theater of two continents. Weill developed a major career in Europe before World War II, composing in classical and German cabaret-style. Then he emigrated to America to escape the Nazis and added a distinct voice to American popular music.

The Symphonic Side of 'Mack the Knife' Composer Kurt Weill

The success of “Mack the Knife,” composed in 1928, and other popular music written by 20th-century German-Jewish composer Kurt Weill overshadowed his orchestral and classical work. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on his second symphony, and why it was not heard for decades. On Sunday, April 11th at 1 PM...

Otterbein Production “Into a Lamplit Room” Explores Social Justice and Musical Legacy of Kurt Weill

The Otterbein University Departments of Theatre and Dance and Music present Into a Lamplit Room: The Songs of Kurt Weill from March 18-21 via scheduled virtual performances. The life of composer and social activist Kurt Weill is celebrated in this compilation of his work. The production includes more than 30 songs, ranging from his life in Berlin during the Weimar Era, during which he was a voice against the Nazi regime, to his emigration to the U.S., where he was a supporter of the American war effort in the 1930s, and finally his contributions to the American musical theatre canon.