New York Festival of Song to Present ‘KABARETT’

By Francisco Salazar

The New York Festival of Song continues its new season with “KABARETT.”

The concert will be presented on Nov. 16, 2022 at the Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

The program will highlight songs from Berlin’s fabled nightspots during the Weimar era, featuring music by Hollaender, Spoliansky, Bienert, Tucholsky, Eisler, and others. Soloists will include Soprano Sari Gruber, mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell, and baritone Justin Austin who will be joined by Artistic Director Steven Blier at the piano.

In a statement, Blier said, “The issues they deal with—the vicissitudes of sexuality and gender, the loneliness and the dazzle of city life, the menace of political despots—could have been ripped from today’s headlines. The songs have humor, grit, and political insight.”

Additionally, O’Connell said, “There is something delicious about performing cabaret of the Weimar era: brilliant, incisive text and good tunes with enough room left around the edges for performers to leave their own mark on it. Reading through songs set to Tucholsky’s writing at the Deutsches Literatur Archiv in Marbach, I was surprised at how the razor-sharp observations of 100 years ago feel eerily appropriate today, as we watch our little world repeat itself. I am looking forward to this program immensely.”