Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
December 1, 2017 · 7:30 pm—9:00 pm · Taplin Auditorium
Karyn Levitt and the Hanns Eisler Trio
Program in European Cultural Studies, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Department of Music, Department of German, Program on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Lewis Center for the Arts
Discover Austro-German composer Hanns Eisler whose music Hitler branded as “degenerate.”
Eisler was a student of Schoenberg, a contemporary of Kurt Weill, and Brecht’s favorite collaborator.
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.
Hanns Eisler songs and music with the words from Bertolt Brecht, in English translation by Eric Bentley, performed by Karyn Levitt (soprano), Eric Ostling (piano), Ira Siegel (guitar), Benjamin Ickies (accordion).