Ute Gfrerer
© Sebastian Gündel


Nils Landgren
Nils Landgren
© Steven Haberland


James Holmes
James Holmes
© Moy Williams



Theater Magdeburg, Opera house
© Hans-Ludwig Böhme






Programme 2017

V35

Sunday, 5 March 2017


6.00 p.m., Jubilee concert in
Magdeburg Theater


Of Lovers and Strangers
Drei Weill-Ikonen für Magdeburg

Musik u.a. von Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein,
Marc Blitzstein und Stephen Sondheim

Gesang: Ute Gfrerer
Posaune: Nils Landgren
Musikalische Leitung: James Holmes
Solisten des Theaters Magdeburg
Magdeburgische Philharmonie


Over the past three years Magdeburg Theater has become a close partner to the Kurt Weill Festival, not least due to the great work of its director, Karen Stone. And yet the roots of the love affair with Weill lie much deeper. The composer's opera The Silver Lake was premiered in this state capital in 1938.

At this special jubilee concert on the 25th anniversary of the Kurt Weill Festival, three former artists-in-residence, Ute Gfrerer, James Holmes and Nils Landgren, will present the most influential composers of American musical theatre to festivalgoers, brilliantly supported by the orchestra and singers of Magdeburg Theater. The evening's composers are not only related in time.

Leonard Bernstein, whose West Side Story is perhaps the classic musical, conducted the first performance of The Threepenny Opera in the new American version by Marc Blitzstein, and was instrumental in ensuring that Weill's music continued to be heard. Stephen Sondheim is one of the America's leading writers, librettists (including West Side Story) and composers. Anyone who has hummed along to "Send in the Clowns" can appreciate his fantastic melodies.

And so Magdeburg will once again become a hotspot of the upcoming Festival. The audience can rest assured: "Something's coming, something good"!





again on 05.03.2017 - V35








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