November 2016


November Performances


Zaubernacht at the Anhaltisches Theatre, Dessau. Photo credit: Jan-Pieter Fuhr
Weill’s German works take the stage throughout Europe this month. The BBC Philharmonic performs the Violin Concerto on 5 November with John Storgårds as soloist and conductor in Manchester. Further south, in London, Storm Large and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform The Seven Deadly Sins, conducted by James Gaffigan, on 23 November. Over on the continent, Graham Vick’s production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny arrives at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen on 20 November and runs in repertory through 5 March. On 12 November, the Ensemble Metropolis performs Mahagonny Songspiel at the Martinů Festtage in Basel. The Anhaltisches Theatre in Dessau, Germany continues its run of Zaubernacht, with performances on 1 and 2 November, and 11 and 18 December.

In New York, The Orchestra Now performs Blitzstein’s Orchestra Variations on 6 November at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Leon Botstein leads the orchestra in this rarely performed work, which did not receive its premiere until 1988, more than 20 years after Blitzstein’s death. Guy Livingston’s four-part radio documentary series about Blitzstein’s life and work continues; episode 4 airs on 4 November on ConcertZender radio. Episodes 1, 2, and 3 are available as podcasts on iTunes and here; episode 4 will be available shortly after broadcast.

To see the complete list of performances coming up this month, view the performance calendar.​
Premiere Recording of The Road of Promise Out This Month!


The premiere recording of The Road of Promise comes out this month! Ted Sperling leads the MasterVoices choral ensemble (formerly Collegiate Chorale), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and a distinguished cast of soloists led by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Ron Rifkin, Philip Cutlip, and Lenya Competition winners Lauren Michelle, Justin Hopkins, and Megan Marino. Recorded live during the US premiere at Carnegie Hall in May 2015, this is the first complete recording of the concert adaptation of Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Eternal Road. The 2-CD set will be available on 18 November (digital release on 11 November) on Navona Records, an imprint of Parma Recordings.​
KWF Seeks Nominations for the 2017 Kurt Weill Prize


The KWF is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Kurt Weill Prize. Awarded biennially, the Kurt Weill Prize encourages distinguished scholarship in the disciplines of music, theater, dance, literary criticism and history addressing music theater since 1900.

Two prizes are awarded: a prize of $5,000 for a winning book entry, and $2,000 for a winning article published in a scholarly journal. The 2017 prize is open to works published in 2015 and 2016. Nominations will be accepted through 30 April 2017. For complete information about eligibility, submission requirements, and past winners, visit our website.
Upcoming Performances

Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
Tomasz Kajdański, director; Boris Cepeda, conductor
1-2 November, also 11-18 December.

Violin Concerto
BBC Philharmonic, Manchester
John Storgårds, conductor and violin
5 November

Orchestra Variations (Blitzstein)
TON (The Orchestra Now), New York
Leon Botstein, conductor
6 November

Die Dreigroschenoper
Berliner Ensemble, Berlin
Robert Wilson, director; Hans-Jörn Brandenburg and Stefan Rager, conductors
7 November

Die Dreigroschenoper
Theater Pforzheim
Thomas Münstermann, director; Markus Huber, conductor
11 November - 29 January, in repertory

Mahagonny Songspiel
Martinů Festtage, Basel
Ensemble Metropolis: Jiří Menzel, director; Beni Santora, conductor
12 November

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen
Graham Vick, director; Julien Salemkour, Robert Houssart, conductors
20 November - 5 March, in repertory

L'exil sans retour: Marie Galante (in concert)
La Criée, Théâtre national de Marseille
Vladik Polionov, conductor
22-24 November

The Seven Deadly Sins/Weill Songs
BBC Symphony Orchestra, London
James Gaffigan, conductor; Storm Large, Anna I
23 November

KWF Performance Calendar