Monday, Nov 13, 2017 7:30p -
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough St
Boston, Ma 02115
New England Conservatory’s (NEC) internationally renowned Contemporary Improvisation Department presents What Keeps a Man Alive: Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, and the Epic Theater. On August 31, 1938 Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera, a satiric critique of capitalism and morality from the perspective of the slums, opened to a confused but enthusiastic crowd, rapidly becoming so popular that “everyone in Berlin later insisted they had been there.” NEC alumnus Simon Hanes, known for his wildly creative mini-orchestra, Tredici Bacci, returns to NEC with acoustic quartet Anonym with a new take on Brecht/Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and an earthshattering arrangement of Last Train of Johannesburg featuring the entire CI student body. Other performances feature the Ted Reichman Jazz Ensemble, Anthony Coleman’s Survivors Breakfast Ensemble, Lautaro Mantilla’s House Band, traditional Korean music, and other student ensembles.
As part of NEC’s celebratory 150th anniversary season, the performance will feature a contemporary perspective on Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, and the Epic Theater, with works from The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, The Seven Deadly Sins, Huckleberry Finn, Lost in the Stars, and more. It is produced by CI co-chair Eden MacAdam-Somer and Lautaro Mantilla.