(23W1) Kurt Weill, An American Story

January 4th, 2023 - January 11th, 2023, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

The recording of Part 1 is at https://youtu.be/7Bf5fm1fCzk.

The recording of Part 2 is at https://youtu.be/yAsB4jLo7eY.


An in-depth exploration on two Wednesday evenings of the life, career and music of Kurt Weill, the famous German/Jewish/American composer whose career spanned several continents and whose music ranged from the concert hall to the stage to the jazz club.  Vintage audio clips and “live” performances from the instructor will make this program as exciting as the music itself.  And yes, this two-part presentation will include a detailed discussion of “Mack the Knife,” everyone’s favorite song about a serial killer.

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Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond.  He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14).  His most recent recording, “When You’re Smiling,” was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label.  His song “New Waltz” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).  When he’s not performing, Seth frequently lectures on a variety of topics in music history for numerous institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.  For more information, visit www.sethkibel.com.