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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News December 2014
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music


Kurt Weill. Photo courtesy of Courtesy of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York
Kurt Weill
Photo: Courtesy of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York

BBC Radio 4

Ute Lemper
Ute Lemper 
Photo:Lucas Allen 

Ushering in the New Year with Kurt Weill

Weill Featured in BBC Documentary and Concerts from Kentucky to Geneva

The start of a new year often invites both reflection and celebration. On Saturday, 3 January 2015, BBC Radio 4 looks back on Kurt Weill’s journey from German Jewish refugee to Broadway legend in a new documentary, “Speak Low, Speak Weill.” Created by producer Llinos Jones, the half-hour feature weaves together personal reflections by cabaret star Ute Lemper, musical examples, archival excerpts of Weill and Lotte Lenya, and insights by Weill authorities Kim H. Kowalke, Stephen Hinton, and James Holmes to illuminate Weill’s fascinating story and extraordinary contributions to the theater. The program airs at 3:30 pm GMT and will be available on BBC iPlayer for two weeks after broadcast.

To celebrate, Weill’s music will ring in the New Year on concert stages in the US, Germany, and Switzerland. For its New Year’s Eve festivities, the Lexington Philharmonic in Kentucky presents a “Moulin Rouge inspired evening” featuring Ute Lemper performing music by Weill, Gershwin, Edith Piaff and more. The lush Symphonic Nocturne from Lady in the Dark will be a highlight; Music Director Scott Terrell conducts.
On New Year’s Day, Oper Stuttgart embarks on a journey from Berlin to Broadway with an all-Weill program spanning his career, including selections from The Threepenny Opera and the Four Walt Whitman Songs. Principal Conductor Simon Hewitt leads the Staatsorchester Stuttgart with ensemble members of the Schauspielhaus Stuttgart. In Geneva, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä returns to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in a New Year’s concert on 13 January that features Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw singing selections by Weill, Duke, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Sondheim.

If you can’t make it to any of these concerts, treat yourself to the "Overture" from One Touch of Venus, recently released on JAY Records. 

Happy New Year from 
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music!

Lotte Lenya Competition
Applications Due 5 January!

The deadline is fast approaching for the 18th annual Lotte Lenya Competition: 5 January 2015 is the final date to submit an online application.

The contest is open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19-32. Prizes totaling more than $50,000 will be awarded to exceptional young singer/actors, who must perform repertoire ranging from opera/operetta arias to contemporary Broadway musical theater, including works by Kurt Weill. See website for details.

Learn more about the Lenya Competition in the documentary Singing the Story.

Guidelines and Application

Lotte Lenya Competition 2015

"No vocal contest better targets 
today's total-package talents."
- Opera News, 2014
Mona Somm
Mona Somm 
Photo: Isabel Rotzler

The Firebrand of Florence, Staatsoperette Dresden
The Firebrand of Florence, Staatsoperette Dresden 
Photo:Kai-Uwe Schulte-Bunert 

Dawn Upshaw
Dawn Upshaw 
Photo:Brooke Irish 

Upcoming Performance Highlights

Die sieben Todsünden

Orchester der Tiroler Festspiele Erl, AUSTRIA

Erich Polz, conductor; Mona Somm, Anna I.

30 December

Symphonic Nocturne from Lady in the Dark

Weill Songs

Lexington Philharmonic, USA

Scott Terrell, conductor; Ute Lemper, vocals.

31 December

Four Walt Whitman Songs

Weill Songs

Staatsorchester Stuttgart with members of Schauspiel Stuttgart, GERMANY

Simon Hewett, conductor.

1 January

Die Dreigroschenoper

Staatstheater Wiesbaden, GERMANY

Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson, director; Christoph Stiller, Daniela Musca, conductors. 

4, 10, 15, 23 January

The Firebrand of Florence

Staatsoperette Dresden, GERMANY

Holger Hauer, director; Andreas Schüller, conductor.

10, 11 January (in repertory through 27 March)

Weill songs

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Osmo Vänskä, conductor.

13 January

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Staatsoper Berlin, GERMANY

Vincent Boussard, director; Wayne Marshall, conductor.

16, 23, 25, 31 January

Kurt Weill Performance Calendar


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