Creative OPERAtions and 3BR Distillery invite audiences to an immersive Kurt Weill concert, Berlin to Broadway, on March 10th, in Keyport, NJ where guests will feel as though they have been transported to a cabaret in Berlin, cocktails included!
The concert will focus on Weill's journey from Berlin to Broadway featuring such pieces as Nana's Lied, Berlin im Licht, Youkali, Buddy on the Nightshift, Speak Low, and Lost in the Stars. Additionally, the concert will also include arias from Kurt Weill's operas; Alabama Song from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and What Good Would the Moon Be? from Street Scene.
The idea for the Berlin to Broadway concert was inspired by 3BR Distillery and its European roots. The venue is the perfect location to travel back in time for an evening of Kurt Weill's music and to follow his musical journey from Europe to America. Kurt Weill was a composer that challenged what opera and classical music could be. He took risks while never forgetting his audience. He thought that opera and classical music should be more accessible. We at Creative OPERAtions couldn't agree with him more. His music was ahead of his time. Kurt Weill is one of the few classical composers that has had his opera arias performed by everyone from opera divas to rock stars. Inspired by Kurt Weill's vision we honor his music and journey with this concert.
Corinne Schaefer, soprano
Soprano Corinne Schaefer has performed a variety of operatic roles including Carlotta in the German production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Beth in the European premiere of Little Women, Olympia, in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Gretel, in Hansel and Gretel, Nanetta in Falstaff, Musetta in La Bohème, Clotilde in Norma, and Norina in Don Pasquale.
On the concert stage, Corinne has appeared as a soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Polizeichor Hamburg, Germany, Bucks County Symphony, Opera New Jersey, Opera at Florham, and on the behalf of the US Consulate in Hamburg, Germany. She has performed a variety of concerts and recitals throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United States.
Corinne Schaefer is a graduate from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where she received a BM in vocal performance. She is also an alumnus of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Corinne is the founder and artistic director of Creative OPERAtions, a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to bridging the gap between classical music genres and communities who do not have regular or easy access to the art forms.
Rebecca Eng, piano
Rebecca Eng, pianist and teacher, studied at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (BM) and Eastman School of Music (MM) where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. After two decades of performing at Montclair State University as a collaborative pianist, she worked with The Opera Theatre of Montclair for seven years as the pianist and Assistant General Director. She now performs as a freelance accompanist in the New York metropolitan area and teaches piano privately. Rebecca also serves on the boards of the Music Educators Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Federation of Music Clubs.