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Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

Direct from the hugely successful world premiere at Cafe Sabarsky, Karyn Levitt with musical director Eric Ostling, leading the Hanns Eisler Trio with accordionist William Schimmel and guitarist Ira Siegel, explore and discover the treasures of Austro-German composer Hanns Eisler: Schoenberg’s student, Kurt Weill’s contemporary, and Brecht’s favorite collaborator.

RAVE Reviews for A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

Alexandra Ivanoff for Arts Review Europe
RAVE review for A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

Show Dates

The Metropolitan Room, New York City

Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00 pm matinee
Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:00 pm matinee
Monday, January 9, 2017 7:00 pm
Metropolitan Room Jazz Cabaret Information
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Brecht Haus Literatur Forum - Berlin Debut!

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 8:00 PM

Pre-concert Lecture

Come hear Karyn Levitt’s pre-concert lecture for the BROOKLYN ART SONG SOCIETY’s presentation of Eisler’s Hollywooder Liederbuch.

Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Brooklyn Art Song Society events are held at the Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201.


Eric Bentley's Brecht-Eisler Song Book

About the CD Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book

Eric Bentley's Brecht-Eisler Song Book, released on ROVEN RECORDS, received a RAVE review from the Internationale Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft in Berlin. Read the full review!

“A highly successful new release... by Karyn Levitt, Eric Ostling, Brecht, Eisler and Eric Bentley – it comes with a warm recommendation, not only to English-speaking audiences.”
--Peter Deeg, Internationale Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft

This new CD is the culmination of Levitt’s journey, under the mentoring of Eric Bentley, into the world and music of Hanns Eisler. “I regard it as a privilege that in our numerous coaching sessions over the years, Eric Bentley has given me his unpublished translations of Eisler songs with words by Goethe, Heine, Eichendorff, Leopardi, Anacreon, Karl Kraus, and even Shakespeare,” says Karyn Levitt. “Eisler’s stylistic range is dazzling. Few composers have used Schoenbergian techniques to such lyrical ends, and few would dispute that Eisler was as important a song composer as Schubert. Brecht and Eisler were one of the 20th century’s great musical partnerships.”

Our Hanns Eisler Cabaret at Cafe Sabarsky in THE NEUE GALERIE on March 31st, 2016 was a TRIUMPH!

Celebrated soprano Karyn Levitt and the Hanns Eisler Trio (William Schimmel and Ira Siegel, led by musical director Eric Ostling) performed to a sold-out house in the amazing Cafe Sabarsky. The audience LOVED the show!!!

We are honored that our album is offered on the Neue Galerie online book store.

Sirius XM Radio: Karyn Levitt

WBAI Radio Interview, December 3, 2015

Mark Laiosa interviews Karyn Levitt about Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley event and the new Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Songbook CD.

Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley! A Centennial Tribute and Concert

As theatre legend Eric Bentley entered his 100th year in September 2015, Royal Road Productions produced a centennial tribute in his honor. Michael Riedel emceed the historic evening, which featured the participation of Tony Kushner, Austin Pendleton, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, theatre historian and president of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation; Roger Copeland; Michael Paller; as well as James Shapiro, Edward Mendelson, and Phillip Lopate of Columbia University.

The participants offered readings from Eric Bentley's classic works and shared their thoughts about Bentley’s influence on them personally and on American theater, music, and culture. Several Eisler-Brecht songs were performed along the way in English versions by Eric Bentley by Karyn Levitt with pianist Eric Ostling and The Hanns Eisler Trio. Songs for Mother Courage with music by Darius Milhaud in its original, unpublished orchestration for 14 chamber instruments and words by Bertolt Brecht in English versions by Eric Bentley, received its world premiere by Karyn Levitt with the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra conducted by four-time Emmy winner Glen Roven.

Producer Karyn Levitt with Eric Bentley

Theater Talk: Josh Ellis and Eric Bentley's 100th Birthday (Eric Bentley segment starts at 15:25)

Royal Road Productions' mission is to conceive and present innovative musical-theatrical productions for the stage and in various media including television and film.