DePauw School of Music Kicks Off Opera Week and "Music Unwound, Part II"
A new NEH-sponsored series took wing this month at DePauw University School of Music. Earlier this year, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $300,000 grant to assist in the creation of a curated concert series, “Kurt Weill’s America,” conceived and hosted by cultural historian Joseph Horowitz and presented as part of a national “Music Unwound” consortium that includes DePauw University. Between 2017 and 2019, “Kurt Weill’s America” will take up residence with six orchestras and festivals around the country, several of which are augmenting its basic offerings to present even more of Weill’s music.
DePauw School of Music goes first, presenting the series as part of its yearlong campuswide festival “Cultural Connections: Weill and Brecht,” which to date has included a scholarly symposium, “Kurt Weill and the Search for the Great American Opera,” and vocal master classes with Lisa Vroman and William Sharp. Among the highlights: “Save the World, It Needs It: A Weill/Brecht/Blitzstein Cabaret,” developed by Horowitz and Kim H. Kowalke and starring Vroman and Sharp, premiered in January to acclaim, necessitating an additional performance and a last-minute move to a larger venue to accommodate demand.
Up next on the “Music Unwound” schedule will be a return visit to the DePauw campus by Horowitz, Feb. 6–12, and DePauw Opera’s production of Street Scene, to be offered in four performances Feb. 9–12. The fully staged, double-cast production with orchestra, conducted by music director Orcenith Smith and produced and directed by Joachim Schamberger, will cap two semesters of Weill-inspired interdisciplinary events at DePauw.
Over the next two years, “Kurt Weill’s America” will be hosted by the Brevard Music Center, Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and the University of Texas at El Paso with the El Paso Symphony.
For the full DePauw Interdisciplinary Festival schedule of events, visit, music.depauw.edu/events/interdisciplinary.
Music Unwound is supported in part by funding
from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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