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Kamp!-Song and Satire from the “Paradise Ghetto” Theresienstadt

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May 24, 2004
May 24, 2004
Elebash Recital Hall

Kamp!-Song and Satire from the “Paradise Ghetto” Theresienstadt
A Staged Performance 

KAMOlogoBigIn Terezín there’s a little cafe
You’ll find me there
For that is where I spend my day
And what I drink, I pretend is Champagne
It helps me dream I’m in Vienna again

Join Sergei Dreznin and actors Amelia DeMayo and Curt Buckler for a rare performance of songs and satire written and once performed by Europe’s cabaret stars imprisoned in Terezín. Theresienstadt, as it was known in Germany, was a model concentration camp 40 miles north of Prague created by the Nazis specifically for prominent Jews and intended to deceive the international press. Among the many Terezín prisoners were Leo Baeck, chief rabbi of Germany; Kurt Gerron, who performed opposite Marlene Dietrich in “The Blue Angel”; musician Karel Ancerl, who survived to become the conductor of the Czech and Toronto Symphonies; Jazz pianist Martin Roman, the leader of the inmate group “The Ghetto Swingers,” and many stars of the Czech and Viennese cabaret scene. Although not a death camp, 33,000 out of its 140,000 inmates died there and 87,000 were transported to death camps elsewhere. This performance, followed by a discussion, will offer unique insight into the extraordinary struggle for survival through humor and song. All lyrics translated by Thomas and Caren Neile.

Sergei Dreznin, a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (as a composer) and the Russian Academy of Music (as a pianist); well-known for his collaboration with violinist Gidon Kremer, his unusual interpretations and new versions of classical piano works, and his own highly original approach to music theater; has produced thirteen shows; Amelia DeMayo and Curt Buckler, performing musical and opera across the US.

Monday, May 24
7:30 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall; The Graduate Center
FREE. $10 donation guarantees seat; (Free to CUNY students)

Reservation Code: 4170

For more information or to register contact Continuing Education & Public Programs, The Graduate Center, CUNY at 212 817-8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu or check http://web.gc.cuny.edu/cepp


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