Another of Susan Waterfall’s fascinating virtual presentations, this time about Kurt Weill. This gives you an opportunity to learn more before you attend the July 18 Weill concert in Cotton Auditorium.
What happens when an impeccably trained young German composer decides he wants a new audience? When a nice Jewish boy starts hanging out with a Marxist poet and a Viennese flapper? When the distinction between highbrow and lowbrow becomes irrelevant? Susan Waterfall and her team have created a film describing Kurt Weill’s life and work, including a unique collection of both historic and contemporary performances of his songs. Weill communicated the soul and style of Modernity while he survived the sweeping historic changes of Weimar Berlin, the rise of Hitler, Paris in the early 1930s, and Broadway in the 1940s. You’ll find this film a rewarding companion to the Festival’s July 18, 2021 Weill Tribute “One Life to Live.”
Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions Waterfall will answer in a Q&A session that will follow the main presentation.
Art and photograph collection by Mina Cohen
Filmed and edited by Julian Pollack
Written and directed by Susan Waterfall