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Weill’s Zaubernacht in New York, The Threepenny Opera in Boston, and more

Feb. 26, 2018

Weill’s <em>Zaubernacht</em> in New York, <em>The Threepenny Opera</em> in Boston, and more

On March 14, 15, and 18, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra and Jody Oberfelder Projects give a rare performance of Kurt Weill’s Zaubernacht at the Museum for Jewish Heritage in New York—the first time the original orchestrations will be heard in New York City since Zaubernacht's American premiere in 1925. KCO music director and founder Gary Fagin conducts this staged production with new choreography by Jody Oberfelder.

Zaubernacht, a theatrical chamber music work, will appeal to children and adults alike. Described by Weill as a “pantomime for children,” the original scenario sets the story in a children’s nursery visited by a Toy Fairy who awakens all of the toys with her song. Presumed lost for 80 years, the work was reconstructed following the discovery of the original orchestra parts in a safe in a basement at Yale University in 2005. Read the fascinating story about the discovery here.

Boston Lyric Opera presents The Threepenny Opera, March 16-25, in a new production directed by James Darrah, conducted by David Angus, and starring Christopher Burchett as Macheath, Kelly Kaduce as Polly Peachum, and James Maddalena as J.J. Peachum. Minnesota Orchestra performs the Concerto for Violin and Wind OrchestraMarch 15-17, led by music director Osmo Vänskä and featuring concertmaster Erin Keefe as soloist. Violinist Daniel Hope and the Zürich Chamber Orchestra bring Song-Suite for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, James Bateman’s arrangements of Weill songs for violin and orchestra, to the Savannah Music Festival on March 31.

(“Allegro giocoso” from Zaubernacht/Kurt Weill/Arte Ensemble)

For the complete list of performances coming up this month, view the performance calendar on

Kurt Weill
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 (1924)
2(pic).1.2.2- double basses

Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (1928)
play with music after John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera"; in three acts
German translation by Elisabeth Hauptmann
adaptation and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
2S, 2Mz, T, Bar, B-Bar and speaking roles
asax(fl, cl, bsax).tsax(ssax, bsn, bcl)-tpt.tbn(db)-banjo(vc, gtr, Hawaiian gtr, mandolin, bandoneon)-timp/perc(tpt2)harm (cel, pno)

Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra (2016)
version for violin and chamber orchestra
arranged by Paul Bateman

Zaubernacht (1922)
Kurt Weill Edition (Series I, Volume 0)
edited by Elmar Juchem and Andrew Kuster
children's pantomime
for solo soprano and chamber orchestra