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January 21, 2014
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Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 21, 2014 – When this dashing, dapper and debonaire singer from Germany strides onstage – perfectly poised and impeccably dressed in white tie and tails – to join his Weimar Era big band orchestra, audiences are suddenly transported to an elegant nightclub back in the 1920s. Appearing for the first time at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, charming crooner Max Raabe & Palast Orchester present “The Golden Age” on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

             With suave sophistication, superb musicianship, bone-dry German wit and a silky-smooth baritone that rises to falsetto, Max Raabe and his 12-piece band, Palast Orchester, present original arrangements of timeless standards from the 1920s and 1930s, dance hall songs, chansons and popular German and American songs of the period the way they used to be performed – in formal evening dress and featuring sardonic tongue-in-cheek humor. The band’s repertoire of more than 500 songs includes classics from the Great American Songbook such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Dream a Little Dream”; hits and novelty songs by German and European artists, including Kurt Weill, Walter Jurmann and the Comedian Harmonists; and even tunes from Marx Brothers films and Disney’s “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.” Raabe’s dry and pithy commentary on these memorable songs that were popular in the Golden Age between the wars always include proper credit to the composers and lyricists, many of whom were German and Austrian Jewish artists who fled Germany when the Nazis came to power in 1933.

            Born in the Westphalia region of Germany in 1962, Max Raabe’s passion for Weimar Era music was first aroused when he discovered a humorous record in his parents’ cupboard – titled “I’m Crazy About Hilde” – and he quickly began collecting vintage 78s in flea markets and junk shops. By age 16, he was an expert on the music, dance, dress and comedy of the era. An operatic baritone, Raabe originally moved to Berlin in his early 20s to sing Wagner, but quickly realized that performing the music of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Kurt Weill was his true calling, and he formed Palast Orchester with some of his fellow students in 1986. Now, nearly three decades later, Raabe is not only a household name in Germany, but he and his ensemble have performed to sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall and in cities across the United States, as well as Japan, China, France, Hungary, Poland and Greece. In 2010, Raabe and the band also toured Israel for the first time, which resulted in the critically acclaimed documentary “Max Raabe in Israel,” which premiered at Berlin’s Jewish Film Festival in May 2012 and has been screened at Jewish community centers and film festivals across the United States.

In addition to Raabe, Palast Orchestra features Cecilia Crisafulli (violin), Sven Bährens (alto-sax, clarinet, bass-clarinet), Bernd Dieterich (double-bass, sousaphone), Michael Enders (trumpet, vocals, music director), Johannes Ernst (alto-sax, clarinet), Rainer Fox (baritone-sax, bass-sax, clarinet, vocals), Bernd Frank (tenor-sax, clarinet), Ulrich Hoffmeier (guitar, banjo, violin), Thomas Huder (trumpet, vocals), Jörn Ranke (trombone, viola, vocals), Vincent Riewe (percussion) and Ian Wekwerth (piano).

Program subject to change. 

 HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts 


Lufthansa is the Official Airline Partner and Sponsor

of Max Raabe & Palast Orchester’s 2014 U.S. Tour


Tickets for MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER are $46, $38 and $23. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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