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THE SONG COMPANY : PAUL CAPSIS : DRY MY TEARS

Choosing some great songs, applying your singing talents and acting skills with accompaniment from a fine pianist has resulted in a very entertaining show. Paul Capsis and Francis Greep’s acoustic show evokes 1930’s Berlin’s cabaret scene while recounting an
emotional story of infatuation and heartbreak.

Opening with Wilkommen from Cabaret set the tone for the evening. It was followed by the Berthold Brecht / Kurt Weill Alabama Song allowing Paul Capsis to draw the audience in with his expressive facial expressions and embodied choreography. Paul’s captivating style added another layer to this marvellous song.

Mack the Knife was given a local update with references to a fire in Bankstown and the demise of twenty refugees and a cat. Popular versions of this song, such as Bobby Darin’s or Frank Sinatra‘s, seem to focus on the catchy tune whereas Paul Capsis and Francis Greep bring a disturbing level of malevolence to this song. Continue reading THE SONG COMPANY : PAUL CAPSIS : DRY MY TEARS

THE SONG COMPANY : PAUL CAPSIS IN DRY MY TEARS

Pianist Francis Greep. Pic Christopher Hayles.

Paul Capsis leaves microphones and costumes behind in his first ever solo acoustic performance.

Join Paul on this gritty musical journey that begins in the streets of 1930’s Berlin with the music of Kurt Weill (The Threepenny Opera) and John Kander (Cabaret).

Influences of Marianne Faithfull, Jimmy Scott and Nina Simone will break your heart in music by Richard Rogers, Elton John and Billie Joel before your tears are dried and you can smile once more in jazz and ragtime songs by Melody Gardot and Johnny Mercer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this icon of the Australian stage Close-Up and unplugged in this intimate and moving recital with The Song Company’s Francis Greep on piano.

The Song Company’s 2022 Higher Ground Season
Close-Up Series presents Paul Capsis in DRY MY TEARS

Avoca Beach Theatre Fri 15 July, 6pm

69 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach NSW 2251

Brunswick Picture House Sun 17 July, 4pm

30 Fingal St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

The Nielson Thu 21, Fri 22, Sat 23 July, 7.30pm

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Pier 2/3 13 Hickson Road Dawes Point NSW 2000

Sydney Film School Fri 29, Sat 30 July 6pm; Sun 31 July 5pm

242 Young St, Waterloo NSW 2017

https://the.song.company/higher-ground-2022/c/0/i/60351535/dry-my-tears

THE SONG COMPANY : BRAHM’S REQUIEM

Antony Pitts, Artistic Director of The Song Company

The Song Company. Pic Christopher Hayles Photography

The Song Company. Pic Christopher Hayles Photography

A most luxurious, splendidly performed concert by the Song Company filmed at the City Recital Hall Sydney and also streamed by the Australian Digital Concert Hall.

First we heard a thrilling performance of Thomas Tallis’s “Sancte Deus” – starkly dramatic, with voices soaring, flowing and rippling, followed without pause into Marc’Antonio Ingegneri’s “Tenebrae factae sunt.” Both were many layered and highly structured, with thunderous flourishes of voices  at other times haunting and pleading,

Antony Pitts,  Artistic Director,  then took to the stage and mentioned that the concert was partly in memoriam of Australian composer Nigel Butterley, who had passed away that day,  but that it was also dedicated to “those we have loved and lost” during the pandemic. Pitts also acknowledged the twelve new apprentices on stage with the Company for the first time. We were then asked by Pitts to imagine ourselves in the “intimacy of a 19th-century salon” for the rest of the concert: two works by Brahms, finishing with the German Requiem.

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