• Dec 11, 2018     

    Juilliard and New York Festival Of Song Present KURT WEILL'S BERLIN

    Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) present "Kurt Weill's Berlin" on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 7:30pm in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Pianist and arranger Steven Blier, a Vocal Arts faculty member and the artistic director of NYFOS, performs with singers from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.

    The evening features sopranos Anneliese Klenetsky and Jaylyn Simmons; mezzo-soprano Shaked Bar; tenor Chance Jonas-O'Toole; baritones Gregory Feldmann and Jack Kay; and bass-baritone William Socolof. Mary Birnbaum is the stage director. Jack Gulielmetti will play banjo for select songs.

    About the program, Steven Blier writes "'Kurt Weill's Berlin' conjures up the freewheeling Weimar era with songs from Happy End, Silbersee, and Mahagonny, while sampling the riches of Berlin's political Kabarett. Weill and his compatriots-artists like Frederick Hollander, Mischa Spoliansky, Kurt Tucholsky, and Hanns Eisler-wrote songs for their own turbulent times, but the issues they confronted are still with us. Their songs are as bracing and brilliant as the day they were written."