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Lieder and Piano Music by Wilhelm Grosz

First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue


American and World Premiers of vocal and piano music from the Viennese composer, Wilhelm Grosz.


The archive of Wilhelm Grosz has been lovingly preserved by his family: wife, daughter, and now granddaughter, since his untimely death in New York in 1939. A successful concert composer, Grosz traversed genres, embracing and integrating jazz and cabaret into concert form. His story is of voluntary (and prescient) displacement––first to Berlin, in the last dynamic days of the Weimar Republic, then back to Vienna before escape to London. His journey to New York was a preparation for a new career as a Hollywood composer having achieved enormous success with hits such as Harbor Lights, Isle of Capri and Red Sails in the Sunset. His body of work has remained largely untouched––ignored, post-war, when avant-garde atonality was at the forefront of concert music, and only briefly explored in Decca’s “Entartete Musik” series. Grosz’s aesthetic is cosmopolitan, ironic, and full of joie de vivre. Performed by Thomas Kasdorf, piano; Jessica Kasinski, mezzo-soprano; and Benjamin Schultz, bass-baritone. A talk back will follow this event.

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