The theme of the Kurt-Weill-Fest 2019 was "courage for renewal". Drawing strength from the past for a future worth living. With Ute Lemper, Train Bound for Glory, Katja Riemann and many other artists we remembered Weill's lifetime and experienced him musically anew.
The new Marlene Dietrich? Completely exaggerated – says Ute Lemper. She started as Kurt-Weill-Singer. In "Rendezvous with Marlene" she dealt with topics of the Holocaust this year.
Fire and steel were the carriers of progress – and DB's Dessau led it with new, modern electric locomotives, while steam locomotives still dominated in the USA. The accompanying music by Kurt Weill sums up Trains Bound for Glory impressively.
The actress Katja Riemann moves author Edgar Hilsenrath musically to the side of Kurt Weill and describes with her work the life he loved so much. She lets two men meet, who had never met, but would surely have understood each other blindly.