Summer 2016

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KWF Midyear Grants

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Weill and Blitzstein
The Kurt Weill Foundation has awarded grants to four colleges and universities in its 2016 midyear grant cycle, for performances taking place in the fall semester of this year.
Recipients include:
  • The Orchestra Now, a program of Bard College, Blitzstein’s Orchestra Variations, 3 November;
  • George Mason University, ​The Threepenny Opera, 27 October-5 November;
  • University of Arizona, Music+ Festival, featuring the music of Kurt Weill, 14-16 October. The festival also includes a scholarly symposium on the topic of "Forbidden Music"; speakers include musicologist Stephen Hinton, author of Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform​.
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney, The Threepenny Opera, 19-23 October.
Furthermore, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was awarded a grant for its season-opening presentation of The Lindbergh Flight, 16 & 17 September. SLSO Music Director David Robertson conducts.

The KWF’s yearly grant cycle resumes in the fall; the application deadline is 1 November 2016 for proposals for projects and performances taking place on or after 1 January 2017 and before 1 July 2018. Click here for more information.

Critical Edition of Mahagonny Songspiel Published

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The newest volume of the Kurt Weill Edition is now available: The critical edition of Mahagonny Songspiel, edited by Giselher Schubert, has been published by the Kurt Weill Foundation and European American Music and is available for performance.

From the edition’s introduction: "This volume presents, for the first time in full score, a work whose significance in the oeuvre and artistic evolution of Kurt Weill can scarcely be overstated. This first collaboration between Weill and Bertolt Brecht would achieve epochal importance in the genre of opera (and music theater in general); it led Weill to form his signature 'Song style,' which would exercise a stylistically formative impact on the music of the Weimar Republic; it brought about a musical breakthrough for Weill's wife Lotte Lenya, whose performance inaugurated a new species of singer-actor; and it represents Brecht's debut as a stage director in the domain of musical theater." The "Songspiel," a genre which Weill and Brecht invented to describe their creation, served as a study for their opera, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, and introduced “Alabama Song,” which remains one of Weill’s most widely performed songs.

Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel (Series I, volume 3) represents the tenth volume to appear of the Kurt Weill Edition, a long-term project devoted to preparing new critical editions of Weill's works that are also suitable for performers. The new materials are now available for use in all future productions of Mahagonny Songspiel. A recording is already in the works from Ensemble Modern, led by HK Gruber, with vocalists Ute Gfrerer, Winnie Böwe, and ensemble amarcord.
Summer Performances
Weill’s music can be heard at music festivals around the world this summer, in more intimate song evening and cabaret settings, as well as on stage and in concert halls. The National Theatre resumes its run of The Threepenny Opera on 6 August, now extended through 1 October.

​For a complete performance listing, check our performance calendar.

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Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret
Upcoming Performances

Down in the Valley/Der Jasager
Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen
Scottish Opera Connect Company with the Opera North Youth Chorus.
5 August

The Threepenny Opera
The National Theatre, London
Rufus Norris, director; David Shrubsole, conductor.
Through 1 October

Weill Songs
Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
Alan Cumming, vocals.
6 - 27 August.


Weill Songs
BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall, London
HK Gruber, vocals; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
8 August


Weill Songs
Edinburgh International Festival, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret
​Australian Chamber Orchestra; Meow Meow, vocals.
8 - 9 August


The Seven Deadly Sins
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Lenox
Nic Muni, director
8 August

Weill Songs
Edinburgh International Festival, The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Simon Keenlyside, baritone; Matthew Regan, piano.
11 August

KWF Performance Calendar