Ein Turnhalle Musikabend features musical tie-in with current exhibit.
Lawrence, KS – Lawrence Opera Theatre (LOT), the Watkins Museum of History, and KU’s Max Kade Center are partnering for the first time to present a program in Downtown Lawrence for the January Final Friday. The program at the Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachussetts in Lawrence, begins at 6:00pm on Friday, January 26th.
Titled Ein Turnhalle Musikabend, the hour-long program features historic German and American musical selections that tie in with the landmark exhibit, Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein. This fascinating exhibit tells the story of the Germans who were among the earliest settlers in Lawrence, focusing on their Athletic Club, which was an important gathering place for social and musical functions as well.
The concert, curated by Lorie A. Vanchena, Academic Director of the Max Kade Center, reflects musical programs offered by German-American organizations in the early 20th century. An ensemble from Lawrence Opera Theatre will perform selections taken from actual programs, including German Opera, Operetta and Lieder selections by Brahms, Liszt, Strauss, and Lehar, as well as German traditional and folk songs popular in the late 19th Century, and American folk favorites.
The ensemble from Lawrence Opera Theatre features:
Anna Patterson, mezzo-soprano
Neal Long, tenor
Brad Baker, pianist
with commentary by Lorie A. Vanchena, Max Kade Center.
This free program is part of the Final Fridays in Lawrence, Kansas