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Julia Bullock, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cécile McLorin Salvant Highlight a Weill Song Summer

Aug. 11, 2022

Kurt Weill’s songs are making an especially robust appearance on this summer’s festival stages. At the Festival de Paris, the venerable King’s Singers included Weill songs among close-harmony arrangements of “pop, jazz, folk and spiritual songs that span the globe”; trailblazing saxophonist Jess Gillam and her ensemble appeared on Augsburg’s Mozart Fest with a set including arrangements of Weill with those of Björk, Philip Glass, and Astor Piazzolla; presented by the Oregon Bach Festival, pianist Lara Downes conceived a program titled “Variations on a Dream” that “explored the intersections and crossroads in American music,” including songs by Weill. 

Especially exciting have been two events that serve as bookends to the July-August season. In early July, Julia Bullock continued her interpretive exploration of Weill songs with a recital at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Her Weill set comprised “Lost in the Stars,” “Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man,” “Wie lange noch?” and “The Princess of Pure Delight.” See below for a video of Bullock performing “Wie lange noch?” on an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

(Julia Bullock and Christian Reif perform Kurt Weill's “Wie Lange Noch?” on an NPR "Tiny Desk (Home) Concert")

Later in August, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cécile McLorin Salvant share a program, presented by the La Jolla Music Society, on which they will both perform a number of Weill works. See below for Salvant’s version of “The World is Mean” (First Threepenny Finale), a cut from her recent release Ghost Song.

(Cécile McLorin Salvant performs “The World is Mean” (First Threepenny Finale)
from her recent release Ghost Song)