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Max Raabe Comes To Bass Concert Hall

Updated: Friday, February 10 2012, 02:31 PM CST
By Rob Faubion, Austin On Stage, www.austinonstage.com

The charismatic German cabaret crooner and his 12-piece big band ensemble, Palast Orchester, will transport Austinites to Berlin's Weimar-era cabaret scene of the 1920s and early '30s.

Texas Performing Arts will invite audience members to step into the streets of nocturnal Berlin with charismatic German cabaret crooner Max Raabe and his 12-piece big band ensemble, Palast Orchester, on Sunday, February 26 at Bass Concert Hall, starting at 7 p.m.  Since 1986, Raabe and Palast Orchester have transported audiences to Berlin’s Weimar-era cabaret scene of the 1920s and early '30s with nostalgic renditions of Cole Porter and George Gershwin - along with cabaret-style parodies of Britney Spears and Tom Jones.
    
The evening will be filled with romantic melodies such as "Leben ohne Liebe kannst du nicht (You Can't Live Without Love)," big band arrangements of standards such as "Amapola" and a variety of classics that include "Sie Sind mir so sympathisch (I Find You So Sympatico)."  Slick, nostalgic and unmistakably modern, Raabe captures the timeless music with debonair charm and wit. 
     
A singer of incredible range, Raabe has been critically praised for his singular ability to capture the cunning rasp of the cabaret singer, the confident belcanto hero, the oily melodiousness of the revue beau, the carefree timbre of early jazz, as well as the falsetto of ragtime - all backed by his stellar 12-member band.   The cabaret star's art lies in revealing the enigmatic intelligence, ambiguity, musical power and complexity of the "German chansons" from the turbulent Weimar Republic
     
Tickets range from $24 to $32, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.  Discount tickets are also available for U.T. faculty and staff, seniors and military.
    
Bass Concert Hall is located at E. 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive on the University of Texas campus.  Tickets are available at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, all Texas Box Office outlets - including most H-E-B stores - by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO, and online at www.TexasPerformingArts.org.

(Photo by Frank Eidel)
Max Raabe Comes To Bass Concert Hall


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