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New Budapest Orpheum Society Cabaret

Frederic March Play Circle, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street

NBOSNew Budapest Orpheum Society Cabaret


From Helsinki to Theresienstadt: Jewish Cabaret Songs from Europe and Beyond

The Grammy-nominated New Budapest Orpheum Society, an Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, under the artistic direction of Philip V. Bohlman, draws upon a wide range of repertories, many forgotten, others preserved in European archives, all poignantly bearing witness to the great tradition of Jewish cabaret. The NBOS will perform works from their repertoire and works recently rediscovered by Performing the Jewish Archive researchers. Join us for a reception following the performance.


Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (The Chronicle of Love and Death of the Flag-Bearer Christoph Rilke)

Philip and Christine Bohlman perform a melodrama for speaker and piano, composed by Vikor Ullmann (1898-1944) in the Theresienstadt Ghetto. For his text, Ullmann chose the prose-poem by his fellow Czech, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), which circulated widely in the concentration camp at Theresienstadt/Terezín. The narrative of the melodrama follows a young man to war in Eastern Europe in the late seventeenth century, where he comes of age but perishes in one of the most profound love-death works in the twentieth century: an allegory in Ullmann’s setting for World War II, the Holocaust, and musical modernism. Ullmann’s final great work is virtually unknown, and it will be performed in the version reconstructed from the sketches Ullmann completed ten days before his deportation to Auschwitz in October 1944. A talk back will follow this event.

Audiences at this event will be filmed. By attending this event, you consent to your being filmed as part of the audience and the footage being used for a research study (sponsored and conducted by the University of York, United Kingdom) including analysis by third party data analysis services. This footage will remain confidential, and your image will not be published or identified. If you do not wish to be filmed as part of the audience, the research team will seat you in an area of the auditorium which has no camera coverage. Please refer to notices at the event for further information.

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