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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News August 2014
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Storm Large
Storm Large
Photo: Jennie Baker Photography

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

Maria Bill
Maria Bill
Photo: Jon Super

HK Gruber
HK Gruber
Photo: Jon Super

Johnny Johnson, UNC at Chapel Hill





Season Preview:
Fall Highlights

The 2014-15 season promises major premieres and exciting performances of Weill works around the globe, from Covent Garden to Carnegie Hall. Here are some highlights of the fall season:

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

The Seven Deadly Sins, with cabaret artist Storm Large as Anna I, has recently been programmed around the United States, from Carnegie Hall’s Spring For Music (Leonard Slatkin, conductor) and the Grant Park Music Festival (Carlos Kalmar, conductor) to the Ojai Music Festival (Eric Jacobsen, conductor) and, most recently, the Britt Festival, conducted by Teddy Abrams. Abrams and Large team up again, this time with the Louisville Orchestra.

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

Since the Robert Wilson/Berliner Ensemble production of Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) premiered in 2007, it has traveled to Athens, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY), Hong Kong, Paris, Perth, the Spoleto Festival (Italy), and Tel Aviv, and has become a staple of the Berliner Ensemble repertoire. The highly stylized staging features Stefän Kurt as Macheath, Angela Winkler as Jenny, and Jürgen Holtz as Jonathan Peachum.

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

Orchester der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien joins with Volkstheater Wien to present Weill and Brecht’s classic commentary on capitalism, with Maria Bill as Anna I.

Die sieben Todsünden
Excerpts from Der Silbersee
HK Gruber, conductor; Angelika Kirschlager, Anna I.
Örebro, Sweden, Nov. 7; Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 8; Neumarkt, Germany, Nov. 14; Tuttlingen, Germany, Nov. 15; Vienna, Austria, Nov. 17; Düsseldorf, Germany, Nov. 20

HK Gruber, who has had a long and fruitful engagement with Weill, brings his expertise to the podium to lead the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in performances of Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) and selections from Der Silbersee (The Silver Lake). Gruber’s frequent collaborator, soprano Angelika Kirschlager, brings the Sins’ Anna I to life in an evening that also includes works by Darius Milhaud.

Johnny Johnson
Serena Ebhardt, director; Evan Feldman, conductor.
November 20-24

This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. In November, UNC at Chapel Hill presents the first performance of the critical edition of Kurt Weill and Paul Green’s 1936 anti-war musical Johnny Johnson, as part of a campus-wide focus, “A Year-Long Conversation: World War I – The Legacy.” Tim Carter, UNC David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, edited the Johnny Johnson volume for the Kurt Weill Edition.

Kurt Weill Performance Calendar


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Grant Program: Fall Highlights

In addition to awarding grants for professional and scholarly endeavors, The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program supports College/University Performances and Educational Outreach initiatives. Highlights of funded fall educational programs include:

  • A Sponsorship for Oberlin Conservatory for a production of Street Scene and semester-long ancillary educational activities.
  • A Sponsorship for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to present the first performance of the critical edition of Johnny Johnson (see details above).
  • A Performance Grant for Montclair State University’s production of The Threepenny Opera, as well as a Kurt Weill Mentor Grant to bring conductor Gary Fagin to the campus to provide musical coaching and preparation for the production. Maestro Fagin was the Music Director of last season's production of The Threepenny Opera at Atlantic Theater Company.
  • A Performance Grant for an Opera at Rutgers production of The Threepenny Opera.

Please check the website in September for details on the next round of funding opportunities.

Street Scene at CCM
Street Scene at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, part of a sponsored year-long Weill festival in 2012-13.
Photo: Jon Super
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