Artists in Exile

Sunday, April 6, 2008
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Aligned with Joseph Horowitz’s forthcoming book Artists in Exile (HarperCollins February 2008), this program explores the impact of immigration on two major German and Austrian composers.  Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera epitomizes his Berlin style.  His little-known Walt Whitman Songs, a grateful wartime tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, are breezy Broadway ballads.  Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, composed in Los Angeles, is (again) a grateful wartime tribute to FDR composed in English, and all the more moving for applying the Expressionist idiom he brought with him from Austria. With the participation of baritone Chris Pedro Trakas in “Mack the Knife,” the Whitman Songs, and the Ode, and the Left Bank String Quartet.

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