TTU to stage Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera” Jan. 23
Music and theater professors in Tennessee Tech’s Faculty Chamber Players will perform music from the 1928 theater work that captures the sounds of Berlin cabarets and dance bands. The landmark theatrical work with text by Bertold Brecht has had thousands of performances worldwide and inspired subsequent hits including “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”
TTU theater professor Mark Creter, artistic director for TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse and a founder of Cookeville’s Dogwood Shakespeare Festival, will narrate the production. Voice professor Diane Pulte will sing numbers from “The Threepenny Opera” including “Mack the Knife,” which has been recorded by leading artists including musical giants Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.
Opening the program is Igor Stravinksy’s “Octet” for eight wind instruments. The work premiered in Paris in 1923 and presents Stravinsky’s approach to imitating the music of classical masters Haydn and Mozart.
The chamber ensemble will be directed by TTU director of bands Joseph Hermann and include Bryan Symphony Orchestra principal players Roger Martin, flute; Wonkak Kim, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; Phil Barham, saxophone; Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpets; Joshua Hauser, trombone; Eric Willie, percussion.
The performance is free and open to the public. It will be in Wattenbarger Auditorium, which is located in the Bryan Fine Arts building at 1150 N. Dixie Avenue on TTU’s campus.