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In 1881, the first cabaret, Le Chat Noir, opened its doors in Paris. It had grown from a society of artists, who presented works for one another, so the gist was avant-garde, anti-establishment, anti-conventional morality, anti-capitalism, anti-academic art etc. etc. It had a naturalist agenda, borrowing from incidents and characters of the neighborhood and its language was the vernacular. It adopted its style from popular culture -- the music hall, circus, variety, vaudeville -- and it presented itself in small forms, and not just musical ones -- monologues, sketches, shadow plays, as well as song. It was basically an artistic reaction to the grandiosity of the 19th century.

Cabaret traveled through Europe and reached Germany by the turn of the century. Many literary and musical talents were involved in its history -- Arnold Shoenberg, Frank Wedekind, Bertolt Brecht and Eric Satie, to name a few.

In TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, we explore the music of classical composers who were under the influence of cabaret, with some more popular fare tossed into the mix.

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TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE

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This evening of songs had its birth with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Canton, Ohio. It was performed in New York at the Cornelia Street Cafe and the late Danny's Skylight Room and as a benefit for the Northeast Theatre Company in Pennsylvania.

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