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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News June 2013
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Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock at New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center
Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock launches new series at New York City Center

New York City Center inaugurates its new Off-Broadway musical theater series Encores! Off-Center with Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock, July 10-13. Directed by Sam Gold with music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Chase Brock, Blitzstein’s landmark pro-labor satire will be performed by an all-star cast featuring Danny Burstein, Raul Esparza, Peter Friedman, Anika Noni Rose, Judy Kuhn, Eisa Davis, Martin Moran, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Henry Stram.


Set in fictional Steeltown, USA, Blitzstein’s allegory of corporate corruption and greed pits Larry Foreman, who is trying to unionize the town’s workers, against rapacious steel tycoon Mr. Mister and a group of prominent anti-union agitators. The good-hearted prostitute Moll and down-and-out Harry Druggist get caught up in the struggle, which culminates with the workers rising up in a passionate finale. Blitzstein’s score blends arias and recitative with popular song, jazz, chorales, and marches.


The original Broadway production, directed by Orson Welles, famously defied censorship by the Works Progress Administration and inspired a 1999 film by Tim Robbins. 


“A savagely humorous social cartoon with music that hits hard and sardonically.” - New York Herald Tribune, 1937 


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Recent Recordings

Several recordings of Weill works have been issued recently, including the first commercially released recordings of Railroads on Parade and Zaubernacht (Magical Night), using new critical edition performing materials.

 

Railroads on Parade

Weill’s pageant for the 1939-40 World’s Fair, digitized and edited from a recently discovered World’s Fair radio broadcast recording.

Transcription Recordings, Inc.


Zaubernacht

Weill's 1922 score for a children's pantomime, performed by the Arte Ensemble—a group of virtuosos from the NDR Radio Philharmonic—and soprano Ania Vegry.

CPO


Lady in the Dark

The ground-breaking 1963 recording with Risë Stevens, conducted by Lehman Engel, newly available from Masterworks Broadway as digital downloads on iTunes and Amazon.


Cello Sonata

Quirine Vierson, cello; Silke Avenhaus, piano.

Et Cetera

 

Violin Concerto

Anton Miller, violin. Naxos

John Gilbert, violin. Sono Luminus

 

Weill songs: “Angela Denoke sings Kurt Weill”
Angela Denoke, soprano. An all-Weill CD with fifteen tracks arranged by Tal Balshai for voice, keyboards, and woodwinds.

Honigtee Music

 

Weill songs: “Far Away Places”

Patti Lupone, vocals. A recording of her latest club act, “Far Away Places,”  includes four Weill numbers: “Bilbao Song,” “Ah, the Sea Is Blue” (Sailors’ Tango), “Pirate Jenny,” and “September Song.”

Broadway Records


Kurt Weill recordings - Railroads on Parade, Zaubernacht, Angela Denoke and Patti LuPone
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Upcoming Weill performances June-July 2013
Upcoming Performances
Multiple productions of Die Dreigroschenoper and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny are playing around the world this summer. Here are a few highlights:

Die Dreigroschenoper

Philip Tiedemann, director; Anja Bihlmaier, conductor.
June 14

Friederike Heller, director; Thomas Mahn, conductor. 
June 14; July 7

Thomas Weber-Schallauer, director. 
June 19, 23, 26; July 4, 12

Robert Wilson, director; Hans-Jörn Brandenburg, Stefan Rager, conductors. 
July 4-6

Kuriyama Masayoshi, director; Sonoda Ryuichiro, conductor. 
July 12, 14


Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Manfred Beilharz, director; Zsolt Hamar, conductor.
June 23, 30; July 3

Benedikt von Peter, director; Markus Poschner, conductor. 
June 25, 27, 29

Tom Ryser, director; Johannes Knapp, conductor. 
June 16, 20, 28. 30; July 5, 6, 10

Kurt Weill Performance Calendar
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