2018 Season

Critics love the The CSÁRDÁS PRINCESS!

FINAL 2 SHOWS!

July 21 and 22!

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An ingenious revival!  – Howard Reich Chicago Tribune

“… what is most impressive about the production is the exceptional beauty of the voice in the show’s large cast, and the performer’s comic swagger in a style that could easily be alien to them.”  – Hedy Weiss WTTW

“The offstage 25-piece orchestra under conductor Mark A. Taylor’s baton is splendid!” – Albert Williams The Reader

 

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The Csárdas Princess

Yvonne Kálmán attends opening night!

We were honored to have Yvonne Kálmán attend opening night of The Csárdás Princess! Her tireless championing of her father’s music, Yvonne is embarking on a European tour starting off in Mörbisch Seefestspiel in Austria where she will attend the opening of her father’s show Countess Maritiza. Make sure you read the transcript of her WFMT interview while she was here.

Yvonne Kàlmàn and the cast of The Csàrdàs Princess

WFMT INTERVIEW with Yvonne Kálmán 

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Read more about The Csárdás Princess

As part of our Reclaimed Voices Series, we are thrilled to be present Emmerich Kálmán’s The Csárdás Princess. Despite its popularity in Europe and Russia, this stunning work has been largely ignored in this country. Why the neglect? One cannot ignore the politics surrounding the two world wars, as well as the trend away from anything that reminded the public of  old-fashioned Viennese romanticism.

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Matching Challenge Grant

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Great music takes great contributions!

We’re making progress!

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July 22 Deadline!

We still need to raise  $9,825!  $8,602

Lois R. and Maurice Jerry Beznos have generously pledged to match all contributions dollar for dollar up to $25,000. The deadline for the grant is July 22! This is an unprecedented opportunity for our company to continue and expand our mission with confidence. We’ve raised $16,398 through some of our generous supporters. We need $8,602 more by July 22! There’s still time to make a difference!

 

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13fda846-33c5-4d6e-9863-1d4473853b4c.jpegThe cast of The Csárdás Princess with Yvonne Kálmán on opening night.

Forbidden Opera

What are we thinking? Where are we heading?

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As part of our Reclaimed Voices Series we will be taking our first look at the composers of opera that time has forgotten. After the Second World War, opera, like operetta, faced the daunting task of having to not only reinvent itself, but also to reclaim the music silenced by The Third Reich. The consequences of this systemic uprooting and eradication of Jewish composers, accompanied by the Nazi cultural branding of modernist music as “Degenerate (Entartete),” was widely felt both before and after the War. Our concert has been largely inrspired by Michael Haas’s book. Forbidden Music: The Jewish composers banned by the Nazis.

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The Korngold Initiative

Why not opera? Why not us? Why not Korngold?

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In our ten years of translating and producing Viennese and German operettas, it was impossible to overlook the fact that literally all of these shows were created by Jewish composers or librettists. We also learned that nearly all of these artists were forced into exile, persecuted, or murdered during the years of the Third Reich.

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