ADRIENNE HAAN – "SPARKLES" IN WASHINGTON DC AND NEW YORK CITY
While performing her triumphant musical tour of the United States, European Cabaret artist Adrienne Haan followed up her recent critically acclaimed engagements at The Actors Temple and The Cutting Room in New York by dazzling audiences with her performances at the prestigious Embassy Series in Washington DC and sold out show at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky in New York City.
The Washington DC debut of her show, attended by the Ambassador of Luxembourg, Berlin to Broadway – TransAtlantic was described by The Georgetowner as "sparkling" and "original, a story-teller and truth teller, a chameleon: unforgettable." The Chronicle, added "an exceptionally talented artist who lifted the audience from their seats to standing ovations a number of times." This one-of-a-kind cabaret featured a musical voyage from 1920s Berlin to recent Broadway while singing Klezmer / Hebrew music, French chansons by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, American Songbook favorites, and beloved Broadway show tunes in five different languages. The success of her Washington appearance led to an invitation to perform at the Washington National Opera’s Opera Ball in June.
Haan’s debut performance at New York’s Café Sabarsky of Between Fire & Ice brought a new kind of energy to the room. The program is a diabolical Weimar Berlin Cabaret depicting Berlin during the 1920s that celebrates the Golden Age, the dance on the volcano between the two world wars, a time of creativity, art, music and culture, the women’s movement, and gay liberation. Haan relives this bodacious period probing the ties between feminist struggles and female glamour, taking her audience, which included the UN Ambassadors from both Germany and Austria and the creator of the Original Woodstock Festival, on an enchanting musical voyage through history. GetClassical noted, Haan’s "charm engaged audience members by bringing this music to life, making them laugh and sob." Haan will open the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival later this month with two encore performances of this same show. On June 26 she will return to New York for an engagement at The National Arts Club, followed by a performance in July commemorating Bastille Day.
Hailed as "an all-round entertainer of the highest caliber," award-winning Adrienne Haan’s diverse repertoire ranges from chanson to jazz, blues, klezmer and Broadway, as well as the music of the 1920s and 30s. Recent and upcoming engagements include Haan’s debut with the Jerusalem Symphony and The Israel Netanya Orchestra, as well as appearances with the WDR Rundfunkorchester and Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, among others. Haan will make her Carnegie Hall debut October 29, 2015 in her production of Tehorah, a heart wrenching and promising musical story about war, loss, hope, love and forgiving. The Carnegie concert is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations in New York. Recent New York engagements include a concert for the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Foundation and at the Ellington Center for the Arts in a special Duke Ellington 115th birthday celebration.
Devoted to the music of 1920s and 30s Germany, Haan recorded her latest CD, Berlin, Mon Amour, as a tribute to those tumultuous times. Previous recordings include I Could Have Danced All Night and Born to Entertain. Adrienne serves on the Board of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts in NYC and as a cultural ambassador; she has performed at the Luxembourg and German Embassies in Washington, DC, and German Consulate of New York.
Photos: Rob Klein