Concordia Santa Fe presents: ‘Little Threepenny Music’

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Concordia Santa Fe will present its first chamber concert of the 2013 season on April 21. Four Irish Songs by Havelock Nelson and Auf dem Strom by Franz Schubert, both scored for soprano voice, horn, and piano, will open the program, followed by Jerome Sorcsek’s Nightcap Variations for flute, clarinet, trumpet, and horn. Following a brief intermission, Little Threepenny Music, Kurt Weill’s suite for wind ensemble adapted from his own The Threepenny Opera, will conclude the concert.

Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted at the door. The concert will take place:
Sunday, April 21, 2013
2:00 p.m.
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe

First performed on August 31, 1928, Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) was a "play with music" adapted by Brecht from John Gay's eighteenth-century The Beggar's Opera. Eventually banned by the Nazi government, The Threepenny Opera paints a not-too-flattering portrait of 1920s German society, Brecht revealing the dregs of humanity (and casting a very wide net in the process) through an inspired political satire. Although the work was not expected to succeed, it proved to be the biggest theatrical success of the Weimar Republic, running for more than 350 performances over the next two years. In fact, the Dreigroschen fever that gripped Germany from 1928-30 soon spread to other countries, including the United States, where in the mid-1950s 2611 consecutive performances were given in New York, making The Threepenny Opera the longest-running musical show at the time. Commissioned by the famous German conductor Otto Kelmperer, the suite Kleine Dreigros chenmusik (Little Threepenny Music) was first performed four months after the opera's premiere at the Berlin Opera.

Havelock Nelson’s Four Irish Songs include settings of the folk songs “Lovely Jimmie”, “Poor Auld Lass”, “Lovely Armoy”, and “Linking over the lea.” Franz Schubert’s Auf dem Strom was written in 1828, based upon a text by Ludwig Rellstab. Dr. Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas, professor of music at Eastern New Mexico University, will perform as the guest soprano vocalist on these two pieces, along with Concordia Santa Fe members John Hargreaves, horn, and Cindy Little, piano.

Jerome Sorcsek is a contemporary composer currently focusing on works of “a decidedly introspective nature, mainly for orchestra and mixed chamber ensembles.” The four instruments employed in his Nightcap Variations paint a frenetic portrait of evening revelries, as their individual exposed passages alternate between disjunction and cohesion.

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