Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Weimar Republic-era songs and French chansons"

Ute Lemper brings her reinventions of cabaret for the new century to UCLA's Royce Hall. The German singer-actress skillfully melds the songs of modern writers with an old-fashioned theatricality, and her shows are a blend of pop concert and music-hall performance. She and her backing band offer contemporary takes on some of the Weimar Republic-era songs and French chansons for which she is best known, recasting classics in jazzy arrangements without trivializing them. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. Thu. $20.

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