Kurt Weill

Marco Borggreve

Join us on Sunday, April 11th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, April 12th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2016. All three of the works on the program were composed in Paris within a five-year period (1928-33), one by a German, another by a Frenchman, and the last by an American. And they all marvelously combine elements of serious composition with popular influences, notably from jazz.

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The success of “Mack the Knife,” composed in 1928, and other popular music written by 20th-century German-Jewish composer Kurt Weill overshadowed his orchestral and classical work. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on his second symphony, and why it was not heard for decades.