See ‘Berlin Nights/Paris Days’ in Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK – Internationally renowned cabaret artist Ute Lemper will perform with the Vogler Quartet and Stefan Malzew for “Berlin Nights/Paris Days: The Art of Chanson,” Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek (VPAC). This special and intimate performance is part of the group’s North American 10-city tour that began earlier this month at Washington D.C.’s famed Kennedy Center, and will include performances at the renowned Carnegie Hall and Beaver Creek.
Cabaret singer Lemper, the acclaimed Vogler Quartet and clarinetist/pianist Stefan Malzew cross international and stylistic borders to mix Weimar chansons and the classical works they influenced. Lemper’s panache, versatility and sophisticated repertoire – including Berlin cabaret songs and the dark gems of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill – have led her to international acclaim as a true artist. –
From Weill’s “Moritat” to Piazzolla’s “Soledad,” from Schulhoff’s “Five Pieces for String Quartet” to Piaf’s “Le Vie en Rose,” and from tango to jazz, this is a portrait of songs between love and war presented by some of Germany’s very best artists. Listeners will be whisked away on a journey through time via Europe and Argentina during this extraordinary performance.
German-born Lemper’s illustrious career is vast and varied. She has made a name for herself on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist. She has performed with the finest symphony orchestras all over the world from Buenos Aires to Sydney, and has recorded a live album at the Carlyle – one of New York’s hottest cabaret stages – which was then released worldwide.
She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the French chanson as well as her portrayals on Broadway, in Paris and in London’s West End.
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Formed in East Berlin in 1985 and still with its original members, the Vogler Quartet established itself as one of the finest quartets of its generation. Mastering a repertoire of more than 200 works from all periods and musical styles, they are widely recognized for their uncommon musical intelligence, homogeneous sound, insightful interpretations and unconventional programming.
The Vogler Quartet first attained recognition in 1986 after winning First Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. Shortly thereafter, they produced the first of many recordings, including works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert, as well as works by composers from the “New Jewish School” with clarinetist Chen Halevi and pianist Jasha Nemtsov, a recording of Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, and the Mozart clarinet quintet with clarinetist David Orlowsky. And of course, this year is releasing “Berlin Nights/Paris Days,” the Vogler’s collaboration with Ute Lemper and Stefan Malzew.
A versatile musician, Malzew is one of Germany’s foremost advocates of increasing the accessibility of classical music. He has brought classical masterpieces to the masses through his chamber orchestra version of the Magic Flute, a semi-staged version of Wagner’s Tannhäuser and transcriptions of Tosca and La Boheme for small opera theaters. Also a gifted composer, Malzew has composed several original pieces including chamber music works, two operas, a prize-winning concerto for clarinet and orchestra, four concertos for jazz quartet and orchestra, and a concerto for three flutes and orchestra.
Tickets for Ute Lemper with the Vogler Quartet and Stefan Malzew are $60 and are available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek and Marketplace Box Office in Vail Village.