MAX RAABE 311.
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Next month audiences in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa will be able to catch a unique retro music show courtesy of Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester ensemble.
Heute Nacht Oder Nie
The Germany-based act will perform the Heute Nacht Oder Nie, or Tonight or Never, show which has been doing the rounds across the world for nigh on 20 years.
songs that were written and performed in Germany in the 1920s and up to
1933, when Hitler came to power. Most of the numbers in the show were
composed by Jewish songwriters, most of whom managed to escape to
America where the likes of Kurt Weil found success.
the style of the era, with singer and front man Raabe donning tails and
his 12-piece orchestra looking and sounding the part. Besides the
faithful musical renditions Raabe and the ensemble spice up the act with
a generous dosage of lampooning which, judging by the audience in Bonn
last month, has across the board appeal.
Many of the numbers were
first performed by the Comedian Harmonists, an internationally
acclaimed allmale German close harmony ensemble which worked between
1928 and 1934, before Nazi harassment took its toll. It was one of the
most successful pre-World War Two musical acts in Europe and performed a
wide-ranging repertoire of folk and classical songs arranged by Jewish
tenor singer Harry Frommermann, as well as popular songs of the day by
writers such as Peter Igelhoff, Werner Richard Heymann and Paul Abraham.
Nacht Oder Nie will play at the Opera House in Tel Aviv on October 18
and 19, Jerusalem Theater on October 20 and at the Krieger Hall in Haifa
on October 21.