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Kurt Weill Festival Dessau: Hot rhythms for the Bauhaus city

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He invented the summery “Classic Open Air” spectacle on the Gendarmenmarkt and directed it for 30 years. After the impositions of the Corona years, however, Gerhard Kampf was ready to hand over his heart’s project to someone else: in 2022 he sold the brand to Peter Schwenkow’s “Deutsche Entertainment AG”.

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But Kampf, who was born in 1948 and was already an advertising salesman, actor, musician, comedian and Friedrichstadtpalast consultant, always had several irons in the fire. Now he’s focusing on his work as a music producer and “Pyronale” organizer, and he’s also planning a techno festival for 2024. And together with the musicologist Constanze Mitter, he directs the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau.

Pop and jazz at the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus city, located 110 kilometers southwest of Berlin as the crow flies, is a popular short-break destination for many cultural citizens from the capital. It is precisely this clientele that Kampf wants to lure to the music festival dedicated to the city’s most famous son, the “Threepenny Opera” composer Kurt Weill.

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For example, the musical and literary Goethe Soiree, which the pianist Sebastian Knauer and Klaus Maria Brandauer are putting on, is of interest to Berliners. In the Bauhaus there is a Mascha Kaleko recital, a concert by the newcomer band “Herr Ulrich” and Weill’s musical “Lost in the stars” in a version for jazz trio and voice.

The Anhaltisches Theater Dessau is present, among other things, with the new production of a late romantic opera rarity, Alexander Zemlinsky’s “König Kandaules”. For the people from the region, Gerhard Kampf brings Berlin greats such as the duo Pigor and Eichhorn to Dessau or the “Happy End” production from the Renaissance Theater. Fredrik Hanssen

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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