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Weill Festival at Eastman School of Music

The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY will present a Weill Festival from 11 to 14 November 1998. The Festival celebrates the centenary of Lotte Lenya and the arrival of the holograph scores of Weill's European works at Eastman's Sibley Music Library, on loan from Universal Edition, Vienna. The Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman Virtuosi will perform the following Weill works: the Violin Concerto, arrangements of songs from the 1920s, Symphony No. 2, and the Four Walt Whitman Songs. The highlight of the Festival will be the inaugural Lotte Lenya Singing Competition, open to all students at the University of Rochester, which recognizes excellence in the performance of music for the theater, in its broadest sense, including opera, operetta, and American musical theater. The winner will receive an award of $5,000. One of the judges for this inaugural competition will be Ms. Teresa Stratas, the foremost interpreter of Weill's music today; she will also receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Rochester on 13 November. A day-long symposium, entitled "ReLocating Kurt Weill," will be held on 14 November at Howard Hanson Hall, featuring speakers Daniel Albright, Michael Kater, Kim Kowalke, Edward Harsh, J├╝rgen Thym, and Stephen Hinton.