Venue: The Kennedy Center Concert Hall
National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Performance Dates: 28-30 April 2016
For several years now, we have been watching with interest as Storm Large (photo at right) travels from one American city to another in order to perform a piece about traveling from one American city to another. The work is The Seven Deadly Sins, the last major collaboration between Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Large has sung the lead role in concert at least ten times since 2013, when she performed it with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin at Carnegie Hall. Music lovers in the Washington, D.C. area have a chance to hear her sing the lead role of Anna I with the National Symphony at the end of April. The male quartet Hudson Shad will take the role of the Family.
The program includes music by Richard Rodgers (Carousel Waltz), Maurice Ravel (La valse), and Antonin Dvorak (American Suite) along with Weill. In addition to two performances of the Sins as part of a regular subscription program, Large will give a third complete performance of the work followed by a selection of cabaret songs on 29 April in a program titled “Cabaret of Sins” as part of the NSO’s “Declassified” series. Audience members can enjoy the music in a more informal setting, with karaoke and carnival-style entertainment after the performance.
Learn more about The Seven Deadly Sins
Storm Large’s blog post on performing the Sins at Carnegie Hall (with video)