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CHANTEUSE UTE LEMPER CHANNELS WEIMAR AT GMU

April 8, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
CHANTEUSE UTE LEMPER IN HER ECLECTIC PROGRAM
THE BEST OF UTE LEMPER
Sunday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, March 29, 2004Ute Lemper's career is vast and varied with success on stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist and interpreter of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill and the French chanson from Edith Piaf to Jacques Brel. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes Ute Lemper in The Best of Ute Lemper on Sunday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Accompanied by a live quartet, the performance includes her signature pieces from the Weimar era as well as interpretations of contemporary alternative rock, including works by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Nick Cave. A pre-performance artistic discussion is held at 6:15 on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Born in Münster, Germany, Ute Lemper studied at both The Dance Academy in Cologne and the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna. Her professional debut on the musical stage was in the original Vienna production of Cats in the roles Grizabella & Bombalurina. She went on to play Sally Bowles in Jérôme Savary's Cabaret (Paris) for which she received the Molière Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Named Billboard Magazine's Crossover Artist of the Year for 1993-1994, Lemper released All That Jazz/The Best of Ute Lemper, to accompany her role as Velma Kelly in the London production of Kander & Ebb's Chicago for which she received the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. After nine months in London's West End Ute made her Broadway debut in September 1998.

She has created a distinctive identity for herself by channeling the Weimar-era femme fatale, known to all as the sultry, world-weary creature embodied by Marlene Dietrich and other songstresses of the 1920s and ‘30s. In this varied performance she expands her reach to touch Middle Eastern and South American territory as well. The New York Times raves about her performances, calling her "A radical ironist, she exerts a mimelike control over every gesture…underlining lyrics with forceful body language that parodies the angularity of German Expressionism," concluding that she is, "far more interested in breaking boundaries than in breaking hearts…her studied recklessness is at once compelling and a little scary."

PROGRAM
The Best of Ute Lemper
In Concert with
Vana Gierig
Piano
Gregory Jones
Bass
Mark Lambert
Guitar
Todd Turkisher
Drums


Ms .Lemper will select from the following songs for this evening’s program

Kurt Weill
Alabama Song (Brecht)
Nanas Lied (Brecht)
Moritat (Brecht)
September Song(Hart)

Ute Lemper
On Brecht
But One Day
Ghosts of Berlin


Astor Piazzolla
Buenos Aires (English adaptation Ute Lemper)
Oblivion

Kander/Ebb
All that Jazz

Jacques Brel
Amsterdam
Ne Me Quitte Pas


Louiguy/ Piaf
La vie en Rose

Joni Mitchell
Black Crow

Nick Cave
Little Water Song

Tom Waits
The Part You Throw Away

Tickets for UTE LEMPER are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa



GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.