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.

Fritz Lang and ‘Fury’: pre-concert discussion with Joseph Horowitz and film historian Saverio Giovaccini
(An exploration of the impact of immigration on Weill, Schoenberg, and Lang, including both composers’ responses to Pearl Harbor).

Pre-concert Prelude (on film-maker Fritz Lang) at 2pm.

Chris Pedro Trakas, [highlight3]baritone[/highlight3]
Naoko Takao, [highlight3]pianist[/highlight3]
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Kurt Weill: [highlight3]Mack the Knife[/highlight3]
Kurt Weill: [highlight3]Kleine Dreigroschenmusik[/highlight3]
Kurt Weill: [highlight3]Walt Whitman Songs[/highlight3] (American premiere of version with orchestra)
Arnold Schoenberg: [highlight3]Op. 11 Piano Pieces[/highlight3]
Arnold Schoenberg: [highlight3]Ode to Napoleon[/highlight3]

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