Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret
23 April - 8 May 2013
WEILL Pirate Jenny; The Ballad of the Soldier's Wife; Tango-Habanera
EISLER An den kleinen Radioapparat (To the Little Radio)
JEZEK Bugatti Step
SCHULHOFF Sonata Erotica; (arr. Tarkmann) Suite for Chamber Orchestra: Tango & Jazz
SPOLIANSKY Alles Schwindel (It's All a Swindle); Wenn die Beste Freundin (When the Special Girl Friend); Ach, er haast
BRAND (arr. Tregear) Charleston
TOCH Geographical Fugue
HOLLÄNDER Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte (When I presume to wish for something)
HINDEMITH Kammermusik No.1
KRENEK Selections from Jonny spielt auf (Jonny strikes up) & Potpourri
Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Barry Humphries Conférencier
Meow Meow Cabaret artist
Rodney Fisher Director
Barry Humphries curates, presents and performs the degenerate music of Berlin's
Weimar Republic (1920s-1930s) including jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway-musical
style pieces. The hedonistic partying and social revolution of this era is re-awakened
in this full-throttle concert featuring transgressive cabaret sensation Meow Meow
in the racier numbers.
Hear songs by Kurt Weill including The Threepenny Opera's "Pirate Jenny", see Barry Humphries and Meow Meow sing the duet "Mousie" and dance a tango, and join Barry as he rediscovers the lost music of Krenek, Schulhoff, Toch, Brandt, Grosz and more.
This concert contains adult themes, the ACO recommends parental guidance for those under the age of 15.
Please note that this production includes the use of theatrical haze (fog) machines.
The Perth concert is included in the 40th anniversary celebrations of Perth Concert Hall. Throughout 2013 Perth Concert Hall celebrates 40 years presenting music to the people of Perth and Western Australia.
Back in Barry's Weimar
"[Humphries] peppered his informative commentary with wicked asides and fascinating anecdotes...In this concert, Humphries, Meow Meow and the ACO brought [the era of Weimar cabaret and German musical experimentation] triumphantly back to life."
Sydney Morning Herald
Thrilling night with the dark music of Weimar
"an evening where the company is right, and which, when the gaiety is spent, leaves something in the soul. The music of the Weimar Republic manages to be gay yet dark, lively yet enervated, caressing yet brittle."
Sydney Morning Herald
Humphries like French polish on a dining table
"the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Barry Humphries and Meow Meow created one of the rare genuinely successful collaborations..."
“a genuinely wonderful evening of inventive artistry: go see it if you possibly can.” 5-stars.
"a fascinating, entertaining, remarkable and unparalleled performance and exploration of music from the years of Germany’s Weimar Republic… diverse and compelling music theatre. What has been created is a rare performance opportunity for true music lovers…”
“…in the course of my life I have spent very few such enjoyable evenings as the one the ACO gave me last night…I feel impelled to put on record my gratitude to you and the other members of the ensemble for such a wonderful experience.”
"This was the greatest concert I have been present at...thank you Barry for scouring the old Melbourne Music Store early in your life and bringing the story of this period of great music to life with the ACO."
"Superb, sublime, sensational. "Do your self a favour" Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth people and make sure you don't miss this. Barry H was in fine form and Meow Meow was just wonderful. And then there's Satu...is there no end to that woman's talents? Thanks ACO xx"
"There surely is nothing this orchestra can't do! The playing was extraordinary. Stand outs were a scintillating violin/piano duet, and the wind section, passim."
"I travel a lot & see many concerts but seldom have I enjoyed entertainment as much as I enjoyed last night’s performance. I sincerely hope this production travels the world. It is a showcase of Australian talent."
"It was engaging from start to finish, superbly produced, with such an array of talent and professionalism. I left feeling very uplifted and thinking I would like to be able to hear it all again at home."
The West Australian
"Humphries danced, sang duets and even conducted the orchestra. ("Is there anything I can't do?")"
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