classical music

Weimar Berlin: To the Cabaret!

Part of Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis

Step back in time with the Philharmonia Orchestra for a show bursting with the songs and street music of 1920s Berlin.

The spirit of the cabaret is reflected on-screen in still and moving images – of cartoons and paintings, scraps of films and photographs, and snatches from poems, stories, plays, diaries and letters.

Art created during the Weimar Republic was suffused with echoes of street life and popular culture: with noisy crowds in bustling streets and markets, the clatter of patriotic marches and political rallies, and, above all, the songs of the cabaret singers.

Schall und Rauch ('Sound and Smoke’) was one of the most famous ‘Kabaretts’, the clubs at the centre of Berlin’s flourishing nightlife.

Satirical, sentimental, rebellious and subversive, the songs of the cabaret were picked up and exploited by the ‘serious’ composers of the day.

In To the Cabaret!, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts music by composers from Kurt Weill to Friedrich Hollaender, who wrote some of the greatest cabaret songs in history, including those made famous by Marlene Dietrich.

These transport us to that brief and uncertain carnival a hundred years ago, when for a moment a brightly lit interlude intervened between the darkness of two political and human catastrophes.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Gerard McBurney creative director
Dagmar Manzel singer
Loré Lixenberg singer
Simon McBurney narrator *

Repertoire

Welcome to Berlin: Including music from Wilhelm Grosz' jazz ballet Baby in der Bar and Friedrich Hollaender's Falling in Love Again from the film Der Blaue Engel
On the Street: Including music from Kurt Weill's show Marie Galante and Hans Eisler's score for the film Kuhle Wampe
Evening on the Town: Including Kurt Weill's satirical Berlin im Licht-Song and music from Paul Dessau's hilarious score for Walt Disney's animation Alice the Fire Fighter
Night Thoughts: Including Hans Esiler's devastating anti-war song Der Graben
To the Dance Hall: Including Tangos and jazz numbers by Erwin Schulhoff and Wilhelm Grosz and music from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's musical comedy Happy End
To the Cabaret: Including cabaret classics by Werner R Heymann, Paul Abraham and Freidrich Hollaender
-: Each scene also features readings from stories, poems and memoirs of the time

Dates & times

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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£12 - £32
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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£12, £20, £32

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Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Event information
There is no interval in this performance
* Change of performer from originally advertised

Age recommendation
This concert features a performance of Erwin Schulhoff’s Sonata Erotica, which is suitable for ages 15+ only.

Related events
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer: Following this event, join the Raze Collective and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a queer extravaganza of contemporary cabaret from across London. Admission free.

Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.