Warren Helms, Music Director
PO Box 2273. Morristown,NJ 07962-2273.Tel.(732) 412-6668.
Fax (732) 412-6669; email: email@example.com; website: www.corolirico.net
For Those Who Couldn’t Get in Last Time...
Coro Lirico, Warren Helms, Music Director, will present “Another Look at Kurt Weill” on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:00 p.m. at The Church of the Redeemer, 36 South Street, Morristown. The last time a Weill concert was performed by the group, many people had to be turned away because we were completely sold out. After requests from a host of people that we repeat the program, the decision was made to do it this season. Soloists include Bradley Lassiter, baritone, Chelsea Friedlander, soprano, Thomas Smargiassi, tenor and Linda Smargiassi, mezzo. Tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors. For tickets and information, call 973-887-6336. Refreshments and a silent auction will also be included in the evening’s offering.
Kurt Weill, an emigre from Germany, is considered a "cross-over" composer as he began composing primarily opera - notably The Three Penny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany- both written when he was still in Germany. Weill's long association with Berthold Brecht helped to establish him as a prominent composer in Germany. However, since the Nazis considered him a "decadent" Jewish composer, he fled the country in 1933 and considered himself American in every way, even insisting on speaking English in his home to his German speaking wife, Lotte Lenya. When Weill came to the United States, he felt that the Broadway theatre held more promise for him and he wrote his music almost exclusively for the stage, most notably "Lady in the Dark", "Knickerbocker Holiday", "One Touch of Venus", "Lost in the Stars","Love Life" and what is considered an American opera - "Street Scene". Weill has been noted for both his compositional skill, his inventiveness - and his penchant for dealing with controversial themes such as prostitution, apartheid, pseudo psychiatry and social satire. Weill blurred the boundaries between opera and musical theatre, mixing the elegant and the tawdry, the serious and the trivial - and is undoubtedly one of the most talented and eclectic composers of the 20th Century.
Do you like to sing? Interested singers are invited to audition with our Music Director, Warren Helms. We rehearse 7:30 pm, Tuesday evenings at Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, N.J. For additional information, call (732) 412-6668 or visit our website, www.corolirico.net. Come join us!
Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts