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Operetta in Exile
July 11 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM$35
FOLKS OPERETTA, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION FOUNDATION, PRESENTS
“OPERETTA IN EXILE – MUSIC SILENCED BY THE THIRD REICH”
IN A POWERFUL, ONE NIGHT-ONLY EVENT, JULY 11 AT Frank Lloyd Wright’s UNITY TEMPLE
Performances Tell Moving Stories through Letters, Images and Music from Leo Ascher, Emmerich Kálmán, Jean Gilbert, Paul Abrahám, Robert Stolz, Franz Lehár and Leon Jessel
OAK PARK, IL – Folks Operetta and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation invite audiences to a powerful, one-night-only event, Operetta in Exile. This event is a look into some of the world’s finest operetta composers and librettists’ journeys and the music that resulted from their forced exile during the Third Reich. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. Oak Park, Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Operetta in Exile will share untold stories through letters, images, and, of course, music and lyrics. Tickets range from $30 – $35. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit utrf.org/programs.
Operetta, with its penchant for social satire and its disproportionate number of Jewish librettists, composers and performers, was bound to have a troubled relationship with the Third Reich. In this haunting and poignant concert, Folks Operetta examines the composers and librettists who were forced into exile or were persecuted and perished during the Third Reich. Many of these artists were mainstays of European theater for much of the early 20th Century. However, with the rise of the Nazi Party in the early 1930s, this once vibrant musical community was soon silenced. Over the last few years, there has been a growing interest in the music of classical composers who died during the Holocaust, but the story of the operetta composers who suffered the same fate remains largely unknown even though they were at the forefront in popularity at the time of the Third Reich. In this concert, Folks Operetta will lift the veil of silence from these forgotten voices.
Five singers, a narrator and a small chamber group perform works in this multi-media performance from Paul Abraham, Emmerich Kálmán, Jean Gilbert, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Fritz Grünbaum, Alfred Grünwald, Leo Ascher. Robert Stolz, Leon Jessel, Julius Brammer and Franz Lehár.