New Budapest Orpheum Society - February 10, 2006

New Budapest Orpheum Society

Fin de siecle Vienna was not just the swirling center of Strauss and Lehár, but the cosmopolitan hub of Jewish cultural life. Jewish cabaret and political songs mirrored the complex world of Viennese Jewry. These popular and cabaret songs married Eastern and Western Jews, popular and Yiddish songs, modern and traditional culture, played up stereotypes and exposed the conflicts within.

At once funny and shocking, sad and foreboding, these songs have been carefully reconstructed by the members of the New Budapest Orpheum Society. Named for the longest-running cabaret in Vienna, the ensemble performs the songs with “character and color.” (Green Man Review)

With songs by Arnold Schonberg, Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler, and even Irving Berlin, this is a rare chance to see turn-of-the-century popular song back on the stage, where it began.

Tickets: $21;
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Call: 212 864-5400 or visit

Feb 10, 2006, 8:30pm

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