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Listen: Steven Taubeneck on Ute Lemper’s Music

Ute Lemper’s performing career grows out of a passionate and enduring commitment to art, politics and history, and out of a contentious and complicated relationship with her homeland and its past. Her panache, versatility and sophisticated repertoire – including Berlin cabaret songs and the dark gems of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill – have led her to international acclaim as a recording artist and in the theatre, cabaret and film worlds.

In this pre-show talk, Steven Taubeneck discusses Ute Lemper’s music and influences, as well as the evening’s program which crosses national and stylistic borders to mix Weimar chansons and the classical works they influenced.

This talk took place on March 24, 2012, prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Ute Lemper.


5 Pieces


Edith Piaf


Kurt Weill


The Weimar Republic


Hanns Eisler


Chava Alberstein




Jacques Brel


Uta Lemper



Thu Jun 2, 2011