Detroit Symphony Performs Weill, Rachmaninoff and Ravel

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Leonard Slatkin conducts the Detroit Symphony at Carnegie Hall Leonard Slatkin conducts the Detroit Symphony at Carnegie Hall (Melanie Buford/NPR)

In the first of two performances at the Spring for Music festival, the Detroit Symphony presents Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, a "sung ballet," which stars the flamboyant rock-cabaret diva Storm Large.

Conductor Leonard Slatkin also leads the ensemble in two symphonic poems by Rachmaninoff: the Caprice bohémien, Op. 12 and The Isle of the Dead. The night concludes with Ravel's dizzying La valse. This is the Detroit Symphony's first Carnegie Hall appearance since 1994.

Below is the archive of our live chat and Twitter conversation (hashtag #s4m). The chat was co-hosted with our colleagues at NPR Music and WDET in Detroit.

Our special chat guest is Dave Wagner, host at WRCJ in Detroit.

Program Details:

Rachmaninoff: Caprice bohémien, Op. 12
Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead
Kurt Weill: Seven Deadly Sins
— Storm Large, soprano
— Jorge Garza, tenor
— Carl Moe, tenor
— Anton Belov, baritone
— Richard Zeller, baritone
Maurice Ravel: La valse

In the below video, Storm Large talks about singing at Carnegie Hall:

Comments [4]

Douglas Berry from Asbury Park NJ

VIVA STORM LARGE!!! VIVA KURT WEIL !!! VIVA WQXR for bringing such productions to our ears !!! Now, if someone could get a symphony to play with TOM WAITS . . . (He has recorded with the Kronos Quartet) I would just like to add that even here in the wilds of Asbury Park NJ we have need on the stimulation and tranquility brought by WQXR =- and I should add that I am a professional Rock'n'Roll musician . . .

May. 09 2013 11:46 PM
Nick from Putnam County, NY

Visiting my son recently, a graduate student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, we went to see the DSO live. They are without question one of the world's greatest orchestras. What a pleasure the DSO is!

May. 09 2013 09:12 PM
Detroitmusikjunkie from Detroit

It will be sung in English. I saw the performance in Detroit Tue night and it was a stunning piece of work. A suave and seemless interpretation of this Weill classic. Such a dichotomy of sexiness and formality! Large is by far best suited for this type of work.

May. 09 2013 04:38 PM

Do you know if 'Sins' will be sung in the original German or Auden's English translation?

May. 09 2013 11:51 AM

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