Forging “The Knife”—Kurt Weill Before Broadway

  • University of Southern California, Newman Recital Hall 3616 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA, 90089 United States

Explore the musical and political roots of Kurt Weill (“Mack the Knife,” “Moon of Alabama”) in a special evening of performance and conversation with violin virtuoso and humanitarian Daniel Hope and distinguished pianist, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra music director, and USC Thornton professor Jeffery Kahane. They will share insights on Weill's compositions, life, and career as a young composer in 1920s Berlin, before he fled Nazi Germany and became one of Broadway's most enduring songwriters.

LACO musicians and USC Thornton faculty and students will join Hope and Kahane in a performance featuring Weill's major chamber works, including the Sonata for Cello and Piano, String Quartet No. 1, early songs, and vocal duets, as well as excerpts from Little Threepenny Music. Hope will also join students for a performance of Gideon Klein's great String Trio, composed in the Terezin concentration camp shortly before the 26-year-old composer was deported to Auschwitz.

Coleman Itzkoff and Pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan will perform the first movement of the Weill Sonata for Cello and Piano.