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
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
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.
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
- 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