Kammerorchester Basel — Weill es Sünde Ist (Because It Is a Sin)

Don Bosco Basel
Saturday, 06 January

He is already rich, but the icing on the cake is still missing—a title of nobility. So, the bourgeois upstart goes to great lengths to impress a widowed marquise and learn everything a real member of the higher circles needs to be able to do: dance, write letters, bow properly. But of course, the trials and tribulations take their course. In his orchestral suite “The Bourgeois as a Noble,” Richard Strauss uses old courtly entertainment music by Lully for the crazy story and gives it a more modern touch...
Kurt Weill’s ballet chanté “Die Sieben Todsünden” (The Seven Deadly Sins) expresses a different kind of yearning for advancement—Anna is sent out into the world to make a career as a dancer and finance the construction of a house for her family at home. Anna has to travel through seven scenes, seven cities, seven deadly sins—laziness, pride, anger, gluttony, fornication, greed and envy—in order to acquire success and wealth. “The Seven Deadly Sins,” a bittersweet parable about hypocritical double standards, was written in Paris in 1933, where Weill had fled from the National Socialists. He actually wanted to hire the writer Jean Cocteau as a copywriter, but Cocteau had too much to do and so Weill brought in Bertolt Brecht, with whom he had already worked in Berlin. “The Seven Deadly Sins” became their last project together. It will be performed by the Kammerorchester Basel together with chanteuse Ute Lemper.
Also on the program is the “Weimarer Suite,” selection of songs by Friedrich Holländer, Kurt Weill, Mischa Spoliansky, and Victor Ullmann that have been selected by Lemper and arranged for the Kammerorchester
Tickets are CHF 22-90 for adults and CHF 15-45 for students.


Don Bosco Basel
Waldenburgerstrasse 34
4052 Basel

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