eighth blackbird Plays 2-Concert Residency at Texas Performing Arts, 1/28 & 2/4

Kurt Weill/Berthold Brecht: Songs and interludes
1. Overture from The Three Penny Opera (1928)
2. "Solomon Song" from The Three Penny Opera (1928)
3. "Alabama Song" from The Little Mahagonny (1927)
4. Interlude: "Dance of the Tumblers" from Lady in the Dark (1941)
5. "Surabaya Johnny" from Happy End (1929)
6. "Makc the Knife" from The Three Penny Opera (1928)

Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire Op. 21 (1912)

The sextet end their Austin stay with a program that features a staged cabaret-opera version of Schoenberg's masterpiece Pierrot lunaire, in which the sad, naïve, clown-like character from Commedia dell'Arte takes a darkly comic Journey through a strange world. Directed by choreographer Mark DeChiazza, who also directed Slide, it features soprano Lucy Shelton, dancer Kristin Clotfelter, and percussionist Matthew Duvall in the title role of Pierrot. "Delivered with dreamy rapture" (Chicago Sun-Times), the musicians perform the challenging work entirely from memory, so the players can take important roles in the drama.

Also on the program are pieces that have disparate but interesting links to Schoenberg: cabaret standards by Schoenberg contemporary Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht.

Campus & Community Engagement Event: Join us for a post-performance talkback in the hall with members of eighth blackbird immediately following both performances.

The concerts will play tonight, January 28 and Monday, February 4, 2013, 8:00 pm. Texas Performing Arts presents eighth blackbird at the McCullough Theatre (2350 Robert Dedman Dr). A map of the campus: texasperformingarts.org/visit/maps_directions.

Tickets ($32 / Limited $10 student tickets / discounted tickets available for UT faculty & staff, seniors and Military) are on sale now at authorized ticket outlets, which include the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, most H-E-B stores and all Texas Box Office outlets, online at texasperformingarts.org, or by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO (2386).

Photo Credit: Luke Ratray