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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News October 2013
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music E-News
First Complete Recording of One Touch of Venus 
Now Available

Broadway aficionados and Weill fans have been hoping for years for a complete recording of One Touch of Venus, the Kurt Weill-Ogden Nash collaboration that premiered in 1943 and became Weill’s longest-running Broadway musical. Now, 70 years after the show's premiere, JAY Records has released the complete score, including ballet music and three cut songs, on iTunes, with a 2-CD set to follow later this year. 

Preparations for a complete recording date back to the late 1990s, after Melissa Errico dazzled as Venus in a concert production at New York City Center Encores!. The remarkable cast for the recording includes Melissa Errico (Venus), Brent Barrett (Rodney Hatch), Ron Raines (Whitelaw Savory), Victoria Clark (Molly Grant), and Judy Kaye (Mrs. Kramer). Lotte Lenya Competition winners Lauren Worsham, Michael ("Tuba") McKinsey, and Jacob Lewis Smith round out the cast. The National Symphony Orchestra is conducted by John Owen Edwards and James Holmes, using Weill's own orchestrations as heard on Broadway seventy years ago.

2013 Kurt Weill Book Prizes 
Awarded to Stephen Hinton 
and Christopher Chowrimootoo

The 2013 Kurt Weill Book Prize for outstanding scholarship in music theater since 1900, carrying a cash prize of $5,000, has been awarded to Stephen Hinton, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Music at Stanford University, for his book Weill’s Musical Theater: Stages of ReformPublished in 2012 by the University of California Press, Hinton’s musicological study offers the most comprehensive overview yet of Weill’s output for the stage. In tracing Weill’s extraordinary journey as a theatrical composer, comparing his works to each other while situating them within larger contexts, Hinton demonstrates how Weill’s experiments with a range of genres, forms, and styles constitute a continuously innovative and coherent development, from his first children’s pantomime and early operas through his final Broadway musical. Hinton’s long-term engagement with Weill has resulted in several other essential volumes, including Kurt Weill: The Threepenny Opera for the Cambridge Opera Handbooks series and the critical edition of the score and text of Die Dreigroschenoper for the Kurt Weill Edition

In addition to the book prize, a $2,000 Kurt Weill Prize for outstanding article has been awarded to Christopher Chowrimootoo for his article “Bourgeois Opera: Death in Venice and the Aesthetics of Sublimation,” published in the Cambridge Opera Journal in 2011. The prize panel commended the essay for taking on “a work, a composer, a defined period in the history of a genre, and a larger critical approach and attitude towards musical style and meaning that potentially touches all scholars of 20th-century music.” Chowrimootoo, an Assistant Professor of Musicology and Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, also received the Royal Musical Association’s Jerome Roche Prize for his article.

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Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform by Stephen Hinton

Stephen Hinton
Stephen Hinton

Christopher Chowrimootoo
Christopher Chowrimootoo
The Firebrand of Florence, Staatsoperette Dresden
Miljenko Turk, Olivia Delauré and Bryan Rothfuss in The Firebrand of Florence

Patti Lupone
Patii LuPone

HK Gruber
HK Gruber

Upcoming Performances - Highlights

The Firebrand of Florence
Holger Hauer, director; Andreas Schüller, conductor.
October 25 – May 11 

Street Scene
Bernd Mottl, director; Benjamin Reiners, conductor.
November 2, 2013 – February 5, 2014

Weill songs
“Far Away Places,” Carnegie Hall, New York
Patti LuPone, soloist.
November 7 (also Nov. 3 at The Paladium in Carmel, Indiana) 

Die sieben Todsünden
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
Weill Songs
HK Gruber, conductor; Anne Sofie von Otter, Anna I.
November 15

Performance Calendar

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