Oakland East Bay Symphony Presents the Concert Version of Street Scene
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The last date listed for Oakland East Bay Symphony's American Masterworks Series: Street Scene was Friday May 13, 2011 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Paramount Theatre
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Verna Winters
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A first class event. What a shame, all that preparation and only one performance. One wish. Although this was a concert version and not expected to have production values, and although all the voices were superb, I really wish the singers had some guidance to develop the acting which was largely absent from their performances. After all, the story telling is a huge element, which is the responsibility of the singers. In fairness, they lacked a director. Their musical director-conductor-narrator was fantastic.
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Once again Michael Morgan and his superb orchestra offered a unique presentation which is what keeps their art so fresh. Perhaps a bit too long, the story a bit dull, and not all the songs were great, but the orchestra and singers were wonderful...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Listen to a podcast about the concert, with Maestro Morgan.
(Concert Version) Music by Kurt Weill;
Lyrics by Langston Hughes
Book by Elmer Rice
Julie Adams – Jenny, Rose
Angela Cadelago – Mrs. Fiorentino
Milissa Carey – Mrs. Jones, Intern
Kristen Clayton – Mrs. Maurrant
Tami Dahbura – Mrs. Olsen, Mrs. Hildebrand, Mae
Kirk Eichelberger – Mr. Maurrant
Adam Flowers – Kaplan, Sankey, Dick
Thomas Glenn – Sam
Zachary Gordin – Mr. Jones
Ryan Marcell Houston – Henry
J. Raymond Meyers – Buchanan, Lippo
Nikolas Nackley – Mr. Olsen, Easter
with Oakland Symphony Chorus
(Lynne Morrow, Music Director)
and members of Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir
(Robert Geary, Artistic Director)
Best-known for his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht on The Threepenny Opera, Kurt Weill is one of the most innovative and influential theater composers of the twentieth century. In Street Scene, he mixes show tunes, jazz, arias, folk songs and spirituals to portray the passions and frustrations of a multi-ethnic New York City tenement block during two brutally hot days in the Depression era. With lyrics by the great Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice, Street Scene is an important, vital work that builds to an explosive conclusion.
(Suitable for children 10 and over.)