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Kurt Weill: American

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 July 2013

(c) Kurt Weill Foundation for Music New YorkTonight at 9 p.m. (cet/cest): “Kurt Weill: American”, a 3-part series on Red River Radio by Michael Lasser.

From the programme: “To mark the 85th anniversary of Weill's best-know work, The Threepenny Opera, and the 15th anniversary of the Lotte Lenya Competition for young musical theater singers, Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser will be joined by Kurt Weill Scholar and Foundation President Kim Kowalke for a series of three special programs that explore the composer's place in American popular music.”

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88 years of Kurt Weill’s Concerto for Violin and Winds

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 June 2013

ensemble mini (c) ensemble miniExactly 88 years after its world première, Kurt Weill’s Concerto for Violin and Winds will be performed by the ensemble mini on 11 June 2013 during their mini-Fest 2013, “Beethoven & Mahler, re-balanced”.

From the ensemble’s press release: “Joining them is Mister X, one of the finest violinists of our time. He has performed with the world's greatest artists and orchestras. BUT he is masked man, without a reputation or identity: no one knows who he is and no one will ever know who he is. His debut with ensemble mini reduces the appreciation of the soloist to the max, challenging the status quo and inviting us into a world where fame, prestige and hype are replaced by quality, purpose and meaning.”

Also on the programme: Cliff Colnot’s chamber orchestral arrangement of Mahler’s Adagio of Symphony No. 10.

Watch the ensemble mini perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in Klaus Simon’s arrangement:

Kurt Weill Edition Releases Johnny Johnson

Posted on 09 July 2012

Johnny Johnson

The Kurt Weill Edition has just released its latest volume, Johnny Johnson (Series I, Volume 13), edited by musicologist Tim Carter of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Johnny Johnson marked Weill’s first contribution to the American musical theater. The anti-war musical opened in November 1936 on Broadway, where it enchanted audiences and critics alike. Lee Strasberg directed, and the cast included a young Elia Kazan.

More details about the new edition of Johnny Johnson

Read more about the Kurt Weill Edition

Kurt Weill works published by Universal Edition

Mahagonny in Leipzig

Posted on 26 April 2012

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny_Leipzig Opera 2012

The Leipzig Opera presents a new production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny this Saturday.

Kerstin Polenske directs. Ulf Schirmer and William Lacey conduct.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Athens

Posted on 13 March 2012

Megaron

In a poignant if unforeseen comment on the financial crisis in Greece, Kurt Weill’s opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny comes to the Megaron in Athens tonight in the acclaimed production from Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Art mirrors reality once again. The Madrid performance was accompanied by a public sector strike, with uncollected rubbish lying in the streets of the capital.

Kurt Weill's debut at the Vienna State Opera

Posted on 23 January 2012

Mahagonny at the Vienna State Opera

It’s a historic day in Vienna, with the first ever performance of a Kurt Weill work at the Vienna State Opera.

Ingo Metzmacher conducts the Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in a production by Jérôme Deschamps. Elisabeth Kulman, Angelika Kirchschlager and Christopher Ventris sing the lead roles.

See more at the Vienna State Opera website.

Mahagonny at the Israeli Opera

Posted on 10 January 2012

Mahagonny Israeli Opera

Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny opens in a new production at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv this Thursday.

Watch conductor David Stern and director Omri Nitzan talking about the work and the production.

Watch on YouTube

Prestigious Awards for the Kurt Weill Edition

Posted on 11 November 2011

Kurt Weill EditionThe most recent volume in the Kurt Weill Edition, Music with Solo Violin, has received two 2011 Paul Revere Awards from the Music Publishers Association of America.

The Critical Report won First Prize for Book Design in Educational Folios and the score won Second Prize for Full Score Music Notesetting.

Read more about the new edition on the Kurt Weill Foundation website and follow them on Facebook.

Kurt Weill’s Street Scene on tour

Posted on 21 September 2011

Kurt Weill Street Scene

Congratulations to The Opera Group for their production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, now on at the Young Vic in London.

The Telegraph gave it four coveted stars: “If you want to see a theatre at full stretch and maximum throttle, head to the Young Vic, which is reviving its thrilling production of Kurt Weill’s 1947 ‘Broadway opera’, Street Scene.”

The production tours to Vienna and around the UK following its run in London. See the Opera Group website for dates and venues.

Read more about the work on the European American Music website and at the Kurt Weill Foundation

“Freedom for the Oligarchs”

Posted on 15 September 2011

Mahagonny at the Bolshoi

Here’s a snapshot from last week’s première of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The production by La Fura dels Baus came to Moscow fresh from its success at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The banners read “Freedom for the Oligarchs” and “For a fair justice”.

Dreigroschenoper in Munich

Posted on 19 January 2011

DreigroschenoperThe Volkstheater in Munich presents a new production of Kurt Weill's Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) this weekend.

Stage direction is by Christian Stückl.