Berlin's Cabaret - A Centenary Celebration!
In 1918, out of the ashes of World War I, Berlin emerged as a cultural and socially cosmopolitan centre in Germany’s delicate new Weimar Republic. Central to this era were the fabulous music and famous cabaret performances which sprang up in new venues and theatres all over the city; these songs took advantage of the relaxation of censorship laws in inter-war Berlin and poked satirical fun at the political, economic and societal topics of the day…from which there were many to choose! However, within a few years of Nazi accession to power in 1933, this short but glorious subculture was suppressed and its greatest exponents fled Germany. Three of those Berlin artists, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender and Marlene Dietrich, later found great success in Hollywood and on Broadway and some of their well-known music – Lili Marlene, Mack the Knife, Falling in Love Again – features in this concert.
Exactly a century later in 2018, singer Stella Bass and pianist Peter Roycroft present an entertaining musical tribute to this short inter-war Berlin period, an era portrayed in the movies Cabaret and The Blue Angel and recently in Sky Atlantic’s multi award-winning 2017 TV series, Babylon Berlin. A concert not to be missed!
“Who is the greater criminal: he who robs a bank or he who founds one?” - Weill/Brecht (Threepenny Opera)
Published on 6 June 2018