After a phenomenally successful year which saw four shows at Metropolitan Room in New York City and a European debut at the Brecht Haus in Berlin, Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret will be presented by the Program in European Cultural Studies on December 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall.
With its stirring songs, the show takes you back to last century’s Europe, its oppressive yet vibrant political times and through the life of Hanns Eisler, Brecht’s favorite collaborator, Schoenberg’s best student, and Kurt Weill’s contemporary.
Karyn Levitt is THE performer of the English Eisler/Brecht repertoire of our time. Her close working relationship with her mentor, Brecht translator and friend Eric Bentley, gives her the opportunity to consult with a contemporary witness and the source of the acclaimed translations to excite the next generation with Hanns Eisler’s music and Bertolt Brecht’s lyrics.
Backing Ms. Levitt is The Hanns Eisler Trio, led by music director and pianist Eric Ostling, guitarist Ira Siegel, and accordionist Benjamin Ickies.
For a taste of the evening’s performance, please see the trailer here:
“Will There Still Be Singing” plunges us into the heart of yesteryears’ issues that are now (still) the evening news.”
– Arts Review Europe
Sponsored by Program in European Cultural Studies
Co-sponsored by Department of Music, Department of German, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Lewis Center for the Arts