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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News September 2014
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
Lost in the Stars, Glimmerglass Festival
Lost in the Stars, Glimmerglass Festival.
Photo: Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival

Magical Night, Royal Opera House
Magical Night (Zaubernacht), Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, .
Photo: Tristram Kenton

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Manhattan School of Music
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Manhattan School of Music.
Photo: Carol Rosegg

Grant Applications Welcome

The 2015 Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program has been launched! Grant applications may now be submitted for projects and performances taking place on or after 1 January 2015 and before 30 June 2016.

The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational initiatives.

Funding is awarded in the following categories:

• Professional Performance
• Media
• College/University Performance
• Educational Outreach/Community Engagement 
   (including Kurt Weill Mentors)
• Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship
• Publication Assistance
• Research and Travel

The application deadline for the 2015 Grant Program is 1 November 2014. An additional application deadline of 1 June 2015 is restricted exclusively to College/University Performance grants for productions taking place in the fall 2015 semester. Applications for support of major professional productions/festivals/exhibitions, etc., may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis without application deadlines.

For more information, guidelines, evaluation criteria, and application forms, click here:

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Inquiries may be directed to: 
Janice L. Mayer, Director of Programs and Promotion 
at or (212) 505-5240.

Weill and Brecht's Der Jasager 
in Hungary and Greece

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht wrote Der Jasager (The Yes-Sayer) in 1930 as a school opera, to be performed by students. Based on the Japanese Noh play Taniko, it considers the question of whether or not one should agree to be sacrificed for the sake of the community or, more pointedly, whether one should conform blindly to custom. On 10 September, drama students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest performed the 30-minute opera with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in the Budafest Festival Theater, directed by Eszter Novák and conducted by Zsolt Jankó. They plan to perform the work in schools later in the year.

The BFO has opened their season the past three years with a children’s or school opera, and has collaborated with the University of Theatre and Film Arts for several years now. Their acclaimed productions of Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, with music director Iván Fischer, toured to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Conductor Zsolt Jankó commented that Der Jasager has a unique atmosphere and sound which totally fits together with the text by Brecht. The music supports the development of the dramatic line of the story with an unbelievable tension. The work with these students was inspiring. The performance was very strong and genuine.”

Later this month, 25-26 September, another Jasager takes the stage in Greece, presented by the Thessaloniki Concert Hall Organisation. The performances, which are paired with with Weill and Brecht’s  Mahagonny Songspiel, are funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. Alexandros Efklidis directs; Vladimiros Symeonidis conducts the Contra Tempo Chamber Orchestra. 

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Der Jasager, Budapest Festival Orchestra
Students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest rehearse for Der Jasager
Photos: Ákos K. Kovács
Der Jasager, Budapest Festival Orchestra

Der Jasager, Thessaloniki Concert Hall
Behind the Lines CD
Anna Prohaska's new CD Behind the Lines on Deutsche Grammophon

Four Walt Whitman Songs by Kurt Weill

Die Dreigroschenoper, New National Theatre Tokyo
The Threepenny Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo

Lauren Flanigan
Lauren Flanigan
Photo: Stephanie Berger

Die Dreigroschenoper, Berliner Ensemble
The Threepenny Opera, Berliner Ensemble
Photo: Lesley Leslie-Spinks

Featured Recording

Soprano Anna Prohaska has selected two of Weill’s Walt Whitman Songs for the culminating tracks of her new recording, Behind the Lines, issued by Deutsche Grammphon (479 2472). With pianist Eric Schneider, Prohaska takes on the theme of war and offers a woman’s perspective on its effects on soldiers and civilians through her interpretations of twenty-five songs spanning four centuries. Weill’s “Beat! Beat! Drums!” and “Dirge for Two Veterans” follow songs by Beethoven, Eisler, Wolf, Rachmaninoff, Traill, Ives, Quilter, Cavendish, Schubert, Rihm, Liszt, Schumann, Poulenc, and Mahler. Prohaska and Schneider will tour with selections from the program later this year. 

“A superbly conceived and wonderfully performed collection about war and its emotional impact.”

 - The Guardian

“The real discoveries are the songs by Rachmaninoff and Poulenc, and the compelling grandeur of both of Weill’s Whitman Songs.

- Opernwelt

Weill’s Four Walt Whitman Songs are now available in 

editions for high and low voice.

Upcoming Performances

The Threepenny Opera
New National Theatre, Tokyo, JAPAN
Miyata Keiko, director; Shima Ken, music director.
Through 28 September 

The Seven Deadly Sins
Teddy Abrams, conductor; Storm Large, Anna I.
25-26 September

Der Jasager
Mahagonny Songspiel
Alexandros Efklidis, director; Vladimiros Symeonidis, conductor.
25-26 September 

Weill songs
Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA
Lauren Flanigan, soprano.
26-28 September

Die Dreigroschenoper
Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, GERMANY
Robert Wilson, director; Hans-Jörn Brandenburg, Stefan Rager, conductors.
1 October

Die Dreigroschenoper
Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson, director; Christoph Stiller, Daniela Musca, conductors. 
4 October; in repertory through February 14

Die sieben Todsünden
Michael Schottenberg, director; Milan Tukovic, conductor.
October 10

Kurt Weill Performance Calendar


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