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On Hollywood and Weimar: MetropolitanZoom Show #1

Karyn Levitt performs "On Hollywood and Weimar: The Songs of European Composers from the Golden Age of Film" with pianist Jed Distler to kick of a trio of performances at MetropolitanZoom happening in Aug., Oct. & Dec. The show celebrates the glorious music of old Hollywood by European composers from the Golden Age of Film. Musical geniuses, like Kurt Weill, Erich Korngold, Miklós Rózsa, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Hanns Eisler - many of whom had escaped to Southern California from Nazi Europe - brought from their respective homelands the highest level of culture, which they poured into the American film industry: they blended the music of the old world and the new, thereby creating and inventing the uniquely hybrid sound of Hollywood films. American music benefited as we became heir to their legacy. From dusty westerns and sweeping romances to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock, Karyn Levitt and Jed Distler perform eleven composers' songs in a theatrically-directed, choreographed, and gorgeously lit musicological journey through some of Hollywood's most iconic film scores. The songs range in style from Weimar cabaret and operetta to country-western, classical art song, and jazz...

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