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Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 PM
Princeton University
Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall

After a phenomenally successful year which saw four shows at Metropolitan Room in New York City and a European debut at the Brecht Haus in Berlin, Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret will be presented by Princeton University (Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, Princeton, NJ) on December 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

With its stirring songs, the show takes you back to last century's Europe, its oppressive yet vibrant political times and through the life of Hanns Eisler, Brecht's favorite collaborator, Schoenberg's best student and Kurt Weill's contemporary.

Karyn Levitt is THE performer of the English Eisler/Brecht repertoire of our time. Her close working relationship with her mentor, Brecht translator and friend Eric Bentley gives her the opportunity to consult with a contemporary witness and the source of the acclaimed translations to excite the next generation with Hanns Eisler's music and Bertolt Brecht's lyrics. Eric Bentley lives in New York and will celebrate his 101st birthday this year. She also recorded the repertoire on her acclaimed CD Eric Bentley's Brecht-Eisler Song Book (available at KarynLevitt.com).

Backing Ms. Levitt is the Hanns Eisler Trio which is led by music director and pianist Eric Ostling, whose recording credits range from the song cycles of Schoenberg and Webern to jazz quartets. He is joined by guitarist Ira Siegel of the Bacon Brothers Band (and who has also recorded with Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Whitney Houston and many more), and Benjamin Ickies on accordion.

“At a time in history when the subject of the day is exile, American soprano Karyn Levitt has chosen a worthy example to build a one-woman cabaret show around.”
– Arts Review Europe

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Past Events

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 7:00 PM
Metropolitan Room

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
Brecht Haus Literatur Forum - Berlin Debut!
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 8:00 PM
Read Alexandra Ivanoff's amazing review at Arts Review Europe

Pre-concert Lecture by Karyn Levitt for Brooklyn Art Song Society's Wien V: Cabaret Night
Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) concert Wien V: Cabaret Night at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:00 PM

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
The Metropolitan Room, New York City, January 9, 2017
The Metropolitan Room, New York City, November 5, 2016
The Metropolitan Room, New York City, October 15, 2016

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
Café Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie, New York City, March 31, 2016

Happy Birthday Eric Bentley! A Centennial Tribute Concert
Town Hall New York City, December 7, 2015

In The Dark Times: Three Austro-German Composers Who Worked with Bertolt Brecht
Amherst College, Amherst, MA ,April, 2015

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, New York City, February, 2015

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Grinberg Classical Salon Concerts, January, 2015

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles, April, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Goethe-Institut, Boston, March, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Olin Center for the Arts, Bates College, Maine, February, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Symphony Space, New York City, February, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Modfest 2013, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, January, 2013

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Goethe-Institut, Boston, November, 2012

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Brecht Forum, April, 2012

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
U Mass Amherst, March, 2012

Great Songs of the Yiddish Theater
Various venues in Massachusetts, 2009-2011

The Age of Romance: from Vienna to Broadway
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, October 7, 2007