Venue: Konzertsaal im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens
Soloists: Ute Gfrerer, Andreas Schmidt, Katharina Thalbach
Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Date: 22 August 2013
The new season will kick off in Ludwigshafen with an all-Weill concert, the first of four concerts in a summer festival titled “Modern Times.” Renowned performers Ute Gfrerer, Andreas Schmidt, and Katharina Thalbach will participate in a program that includes music from Weill’s European and American periods:
The Symphonic Nocturne from Lady in the Dark (arr. Bennett), the Concert Suite from Marie Galante (Gfrerer), the Four Walt Whitman Songs (Schmidt), and songs from Die Dreigroschenoper and Happy End (Thalbach). The festival will go on to feature numerous composers from the twentieth century, but only Weill gets an entire program to himself.
Soprano Ute Gfrerer has established a well-deserved reputation as a Weill interpreter through frequent appearances at the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau and on many other stages as well. Baritone Andreas Schmidt has made a name for himself as a recitalist, and German audiences will welcome the opportunity to hear his rendition of Weill’s Whitman settings. Well-known film actor Thalbach has directed Die Dreigroschenoper and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.