Kurt Weill Concert featuring Lotte Lenya
Program: The Three Penny Opera in concert version as well as excerpts from One Touch of Venus, Knickerbocker Holiday, and Mahagonny
Austrian singer and actor Lotte Lenya (1898-1981) gained fame as Jenny in the Berlin production and film version of Brecht and Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper. She also created the roles of Anna in Die Sieben Todsurden, Miriam in the Eternal Road, The Duchess in The Firebrand of Florence, and appeared in the films From Russia with Love and Cabaret.
Billy Taylor Trio at Town Hall
Billy Taylor performed many well-known standards at this show accompanied by bassist Earl May and drummer Percy Brice, but he also premiered a (very) new song, written the afternoon of the show, “Theodora," written for his wife. (More info here and here.)
Duke Ellington for the Fresh Air Fund
Duke Ellington performed at Town Hall at a benefit concert for the Fresh Air Fund, an agency providing free country vacations to New York City children. This is emblematic of Town Hall's commitment to community service, as well as support of the jazz community.
(Photo by Raymond Ross Photography)
Leading flamenco guitarist, Carlos Montoya (1903 -1993) began playing in Cafes Cantantes at age 14. He toured Europe, Asia and the US playing major concert halls with leading symphonic orchestras.
Betty Allen's New York Debut
Internationally known opera singer Betty Allen made her New York recital debut at Town Hall. Allen was part of the first wave of African American opera singers to appear on the world's most prominent stages, aiding the breaking down of racial barriers in the operatic community.
American Opera Society presents The Coronation of Poppea
Conductor, Arnold Gamson, Chorus director, Margart Hills, Director, George Mully
Cast: Donald Gramm, Frank Porretta, Glade Peterson, Leontyne Price, Robert Rounseville, Mariquita Moll, Sarah Fleming, Ezio Flagello, Judith Raskin, Florence Kopleff and Larence Chelsi
Acclaimed as one of the greatest sopranos of her time, Leontyne Price (1927-) has been called the "girl with the golden voice," and "the Stradivarius of singers." She caught Virgil Thomson's attention when he heard her sing in a student production at Julliard, and he invited her to sing in the Broadway revival of his opera Four Saints in Three Acts. Her debut was at The Town Hall in 1954
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall
Thelonious Monk introduced a new band at this iconic performance. Having previously been known as an outstanding leader of smaller bands, Monk was joined by ten musicians at his Town Hall show.
Nina Simone at Town Hall
This celebrated album showcases Nina Simone’s impeccable skills as both a singer and a pianist, and is widely considered as some of her very best work. In 2006, Simone’s daughter performed a tribute concert at Town Hall honoring her mother.
Igor Stravinsky Concert
Igor Stravinsky was recognized as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky performed at Town Hall with four other composers - Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, and Roger Sessions - who joined him on stage to pay tribute. (Photo by Arn Newman)