EMBASSY OF THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG
2200 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20008
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014 7:15 PM
KAREN KOHLER, CABARET ARTIST
JOSHUA GLASSMAN, TENOR
GEORGE PEACHEY, PIANIST
THOMAS CIRCLE SINGERS
A historical perspective through songs of World War I, Cabaret in Berlin in the 20’s, songs of World War II, culminating in America’s greatest battle of that war, and what it was like during the 1940’s when tragedy turned into nostalgia of more peaceful times. A poignant reminder of the futility of war through music with an emphasis on hope.
As singer and actress, Karen Kohler’s art is internationally recognized as bridging distinctly different sensibilities and songbooks. She has been honored with all three major New York cabaret awards – Nightlife, MAC and twice the Backstage Bistro. In 2003, she formed the Kabarett Kollektif, an ensemble of artists dedicated to advancing the European cabaret tradition. In 2007, she conceived and produced Kabarett Fête, a widely praised and award-winning festival that immersed audiences in a breathtaking habitat of international styles. That same year she astounded audiences at Carnegie Hall with her centennial tribute to American jazz legend Connee Boswell.
In 2008, Karen debuted her one-woman Off-Broadway show, Little Death: Songs of Coming and Going, crossbreeding a decadent range of theatrical and musical influences – everything from jazz, Delta blues, classical, rock-folk and cabaret. The project earned her several more awards (including the 2009 Backstage Bistro for “Best Theme Show”), and prompted Stephen Holden of The New York Times to write: “…as cosmopolitan a work of musical theater as I can remember….Ms. Kohler’s exquisite taste in songs and her band’s ability to play them in any style leaves you open-mouthed with admiration.” Karen’s passion extends beyond performance to producing, directing and teaching. Students have traveled from as far away as Australia for her private mentorship in Brooklyn. In 2007, together with her husband Robert, she established the Peter E. Kohler Scholarship in Cabaret Performance at Long Island University, the first scholarship of its kind in the world. It is named for her late father-in-law who, as a musician and former American soldier, introduced her to the music of Marlene Dietrich and in so doing provided her with a link back to her family’s roots in Berlin.
Described as possessing “poetic warmth” by the Baltimore Sun, tenor Joshua Glassman has appeared both on stage and on the podium. As a singer, his multifaceted performances include opera, art song, choral music, musical theatre, and cabaret. As a conductor and educator, Joshua’s main mission is to bring a love of vocal music to new audiences and tomorrow’s performers. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education, where he studied with George Shirley, Martin Katz, Eugene Rogers, Paul Rardin, and Jerry Blackstone. He is currently pursuing higher education at the Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Russian Opera Workshop, and the New Music on the Point Festival.
Pianist George Peachey has enjoyed a varied career as a vocal and instrumental collaborative artist, and as soloist both in recital and with orchestra. Critics have called him “an exemplary accompanist” who plays with “sensitive expertise.” He has performed at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, The Phillips Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and The Organization of American States. As a chamber musician, he has been guest artist on the National Symphony Chamber Music Series, and has performed with the Sunrise String Quartet and the Washington Music Ensemble. His recordings on compact disc include music of Samuel Adler with former NSO Concertmaster William Steck, with whom he also performed as a member of the Stratford Chamber Players. As guest artist on Jerome Barry’s popular Embassy Series, he has performed at the embassies of France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, among many others. In his role as vocal accompanist, he has worked with The Washington Opera, The Vocal Arts Society, and The Maryland Opera Society, and for many years served as studio accompanist to renowned baritone Todd Duncan. Mr. Peachey has also recently expanded his musical activities to the internet, where his recordings of German Lieder accompaniments are available on many popular music websites. He received his musical training at the Catholic University of America where he studied with Thomas Mastroianni and Fernando Laires, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria where he was a pupil of Michael Krist.
Buffet/wine/$150/free valet parking