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OUR SCHOOL OUTREACH SERIES 2021
We're Building a City
Written by Hindemith in 1930, the children’s song cycle We're Building a City (Wir bauen eine Stadt) is about an imaginary city built and ruled by children alone, with all the fantasy, non-sense and naivety the situation implies.
The score was originally for piano and children’s choir, but the piece was premiered in 1930 by an orchestra and choir. These modern nursery rhymes, with lyrics by Robert Seitz and Käthe Rudo, were specifically conceived for children’s voices and amateur musicians.
We're Building a City alternates a cappella songs, dialogues, instrumental parts with choir and orchestra numbers, and Hindemith succeeds in keeping things simple but charming.
Sung in the English version.
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Zoltán Kodály's singspiel Háry János has never been performed in the the tri-state area since its premiere in Budapest in 1926. Full of beautiful Hungarian melodies and rhythms, Kodály tells the funny story of a former Austro-Hungarian soldier named János Háry (János his the first name). In his village on the countryside, János is notorious for his boastful stories about his "heroic" life.
Based on a libretto by Béla Paulini and Zsolt Harsányi, Kodály's four-act masterpiece paints an entertaining picture of the Hungarian soul - while Hungary was under Austrian rule in the 1830ies, and after World War One, when Hungary lost over two-thirds of its territory.
Sung in the original Hungarian version, texts spoken in English.
With roles for mezzo-soprano, soprano, baritone, mixed choir, and children's choir, our production of Háry János will also incorporate dance.