Monday 23 Sep 2019, 7.30pmQueen Elizabeth Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Gerard McBurney creative director

Dagmar Manzel singer

Loré Lixenberg singer

Simon McBurney narrator

Schulhoff Symphonia Germanica

Grosz Baby in der Bar (Intro)

Grosz Baby in der Bar (Scene 1: Tempo di Shimmy)

Holländer Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt

Weill Suite panaméenne (March of the Panamanian army)

Krenek Three Merry Marches, No. 1

Eisler Suite for Orchestra No. 3 Kuhle Wampe (mvt 3: Rondo)

Weill Klops Lied (Meatball Song)

Schulhoff Suite for Chamber Orchestra (Ragtime)

Dessau Alice, the Firefighter (music to the short animated film) (excerpts)

Eisler Suite for Orchestra No. 2 Niemandsland (mvt 1: Vorspiel)

Grosz Baby in der Bar (mvt 4: Charleston)

Weill Berlin im Licht

Eisler Suite for Orchestra No. 3 Kuhle Wampe (mvt 4: Die Fabriken)

Eisler Suite for Orchestra No. 3 Kuhle Wampe (mvt 2: Intermezzo)

Eisler Der Graben

Schulhoff Suite for chamber orchestra (mvt 3: Tango)

Weill Die Ballade Von Der Höllen-Lili

Schulhoff Suite for chamber orchestra (mvt 6: Jazz)

Grosz Baby in der Bar (Scene 2: Tango)

Schulhoff Sonata Erotica

Weill Suite panaméenne (Tempo di foxtrot)

Heymann Irgendwo auf der Welt

Abraham In meinen weißen Armen

Eisler Suite for Orchestra No. 2 Niemandsland (mvt 3: Andante)

Abraham Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände

Holländer Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte

Heymann An den Kanälen

Grosz Baby in der Bar (End: Molto pesante)

Welcome to Berlin

Including music from Wilhelm Grosz's jazz ballet Baby in der Bar and Friedrich Hollaender's 'Falling in Love Again' from the film Der Blaue Engel

On the Street

Including music from Kurt Weill's show Marie Galante and Hans Eisler's score for the film Kuhle Wampe

Evening on the Town

Including Kurt Weill's satirical ‘Berlin im Licht-Song', and music from Paul Dessau's hilarious score for Walt Disney's animation Alice the Fire Fighter

Night Thoughts

Including Hans Eisler's devastating anti-war song 'Der Graben'

To the Dance Hall

Including Tangos and jazz numbers by Erwin Schulhoff and Wilhelm Grosz, and music from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s musical comedy Happy End

To the Cabaret

Including cabaret classics by masters of the genre Werner R Heymann, Paul Abraham and Friedrich Hollaender

Each scene also features readings from stories, poems and memoirs of the time


Step back in time for a specially created show bursting with the songs and street music of 1920s Berlin.

Art created during the Weimar Republic was suffused with echoes of street life and popular culture: with noisy crowds in bustling streets and markets, the clatter of patriotic marches and political rallies, and, above all, the songs of the cabaret singers.

Satirical, sentimental, rebellious and subversive, the songs of the cabaret were picked up and exploited by the ‘serious’ composers of the day. In To the Cabaret!, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts music from Kurt Weill to Friedrich Hollaender, who composed some of the greatest cabaret songs in history, including those made famous by Marlene Dietrich.

The spirit of the Cabaret is reflected on-screen in still and moving images – of cartoons and paintings, scraps of films and photographs, and snatches from poems, stories, plays, diaries and letters – transporting us to that brief and uncertain carnival a hundred years ago, when for a moment a brightly lit interlude intervened between the darkness of two political and human catastrophes.


  • Prices: £32; £20; £12
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; student tickets via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • Running time: approximately 75 minutes, with no interval
  • Please note: This concert is in Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • The performance features projections devised by visual artist Amelia Kosminsky
  • The performance includes some material unsuitable for people under 15
  • FREE post-show cabaret extravaganza in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer from 8.45pm, hosted by Bourgeois & Maurice

This concert is part of the Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis series