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
Dagmar Manzel singer
soloists to be announced
narrator to be confirmed

Repertoire

Programme to be announced: Songs by Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender

Dates & times

23 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 75 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£12 - £32
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£12, £20, £32

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. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

There is no interval in this performance.

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.