“Immense skill and sensitive musicality” – Bachtrack 

Widmann, in her NYC debut, takes the lead in Kurt Weill’s showstopping Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, which demonstrates the classical European pedigree of the multifaceted composer while dropping hints of the swinging Broadway style he would later adopt in full. A transcription of the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro becomes a gauntlet of articulation by demanding a violinistic character from the woodwinds, and the program closes with the substantial, operatic “Gran Partita,” notably used in the popular film Amadeus. 


MOZART (arr. Wendt): Overture to The Marriage of Figaro 
WEILL: Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 
featuring Carolin Widmann, violin 
MOZART: Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, K. 361 (“Gran Partita”) 

This concert is made possible in part with support from the Kurt Weill Foundation.


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“This is a very emotional journey for me that closes many circles in history and my own life.”

A note from Carolin Widmann

When I was visiting an exhibition of Bauhaus artists earlier this year in my hometown of Leipzig, Germany, I realized that there are two essential influences to understand the violin concerto by Kurt Weill: First of all, it is crucial to know Weill’s ‘Threepenny opera’ with Bertolt Brecht’s libretto as well as his cabaret songs. And secondly, the esthetics of the Bauhaus artists convey a visual image wonderfully fitting Weill’s style. To see the different art forms of the Bauhaus speak their very own language of the time brings you at the same time much closer to understanding Weill’s music. When I saw Oskar Schlemmer’s puppets that he has created for theater, I could literally picture some of the themes in the violin concerto being acted or sung out by them, in a theater designed by Mies van der Rohe, with furniture by Marcel Breuer, with paintings by László Moholy-Nagy on the wall.

This violin concerto paints the picture of one of the most creative and free periods in German history, the Weimar Republic.

This unique violin concerto- as far as I know it is the only violin concerto with this stunning and unusual combination of violin, winds, timpani, percussion, 4 double basses and nothing else!- had its German première in 1925 in the Bauhaus city of Dessau, just 30 minutes away from my house! When things turned dark and dangerous in German history, Kurt Weill found a new home in the USA- in New York City!- and was one of the few German immigrants who actually stroke a chord with the American audiences (similar to Korngold). He established a second life and career in the country that granted him safety from the cruelties of the Third Reich and welcomed him warmly.

And now in 2019, I am so thrilled to come, like Weill, from Germany to New York to finally play with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra that I have admired since I first listened to their recordings when I was a child!

It will be miraculous to play this concerto without a conductor and make real democratic chamber music, which this piece definitely is meant to be. All these factors combined, this is a very emotional journey for me that closes many circles in history and my own life. I am extremely much looking forward to this concert!

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