Sunday, 5 March 2017
5.00 p.m., Oratorio in the
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
Oratorio based on "The Eternal Road"
Music by Kurt Weill Text by Franz Werfel
arranged by Ed Harsh
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
Vocal soloists from the Lotte Lenya Competition
MDR Radio Chorus
MDR Symphony Orchestra
With the generous support of the Kurt Weill Foundation, Ed Harsh arranged Kurt Weill's monumental stage work The Eternal Road in 2013 under the title Die Verheissung. The oratorio is the clearest and most intimate profession of Weill's Jewish belief. This, of course, is a religion whose adherents have suffered repeated pogroms throughout history, a persecution against which Moses Mendelssohn fought. Kurt Weill was forced to live through the climax of this hate and terror within the Third Reich.
The oratorio tells of a Jewish community which, in the face of imminent expulsion (here the parallels to Nazi Germany are obvious), is helped by their Rabbi to recognize their past and their strengths. The premiere of this large-scale work for full orchestra, several choirs and a large ensemble of solo singers launched a series of sold-out performances in New York's Manhattan Opera House. Under the baton of Kristjan Järvi, the MDR Symphony Orchestra will unify in impressive style all the various facets of this work, encompassing Jewish melodies, sacred choral music, great arias as well as intimate chamber music. The ensemble of soloists will include winners of the Lotte Lenya Competition. A truly special evening that is sure to cast a spell over festivalgoers.
The Artist-in-Residence will be presented
by LOTTO Sachsen-Anhalt.