CABARET AT CAFÉ SABARSKY
The Neue Galerie is delighted to present Cabaret at Café Sabarsky. This inimitable series — a beloved tradition at the museum — pays homage to the German and Austrian theatrical culture of the 1890s to 1930s through intimate evenings with acclaimed artists like Ute Lemper, Theo Bleckmann, Kim David Smith and many more. Before the show, enjoy a sumptuous dinner from Michelin-starred Chef Christopher Engel of Café Sabarsky. The atmospheric splendor of Cabaret is heightened by the dining room's period objects, including lighting fixtures by Josef Hoffmann, furniture by Adolf Loos, and a magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano — all set against the timeless backdrop of Fifth Avenue and Central Park.
Price varies by performance. Tickets include the cost of a three-course dinner at 7 p.m. followed by a Cabaret performance at 9 p.m., as well as tax and gratuity. Beverages are sold separately on the evening of the program. Tickets are final sale.
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WINTER 2022-23 CABARET SEASON
WITH ROB SCHWIMMER
For her highly anticipated debut at the Neue Galerie’s Cabaret at Café Sabarsky, the multitalented performer Helene Schneiderman presents a vibrant and eclectic sonic journey through early twentieth-century Berlin. Her program will interpret works by esteemed and lesser-known composers of the Weimar era. Born in the United States and based in Germany, Schneiderman boasts a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice that has graced the stages of opera houses, theaters, and cabarets worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House, and many more.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2022
TAMMY HENSRUD AND ROBERT OSBORNE
WITH WARREN JONES
Mezzo-soprano Tammy Hensrud and bass-baritone Robert Osborne return to Café Sabarsky with a debut program dedicated to the twentieth-century titan Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Following early acclaim as a miraculous Viennese wunderkind from contemporaries such as Mahler and Schoenberg, Korngold’s fortuitous exile to golden-era Hollywood at the invitation of Max Reinhart ushered in his brilliant career as filmdom’s foremost composer. This program includes a trove of beloved and obscure excerpts from Korngold’s operas and operettas, as well as art songs and popular works from his award-winning films.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022
WITH ROB SCHWIMMER
With his touching program Songs of Love and War, Peace and Exile, two-time Grammy nominee Theo Bleckmann pays tender tribute to his native Germany and breathes delicate life into classic Weimar-era music, including works by Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill, and Bertolt Brecht. As with his celebrated and haunting rendition of “Lilli Marleen,” Bleckmann delivers these songs with a distinct poise, clarity, and depth. His “inimitable splendor” (San Francisco Classical Voice) heightens the immediacy and relevance found in the personal and political potency of these songs today.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2022
ERIC COMSTOCK AND BARBARA FASANO
Fresh from an artist residency at Monteverdi Tuscany, the award-winning duo returns to Café Sabarsky to ring in 2023 with a jubilant musical program the New York Times calls “exhilarating” and “cabaret caviar.” With a delightful selection of Broadway and Hollywood gems in addition to songs by cabaret greats such as Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender, the couple showcases their signature glamor and joie de vivre by inviting cabaret-goers to a party where the music and the stories are equally fabulous.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023
WITH VANA GIERIG AND CYRUS BEROUKHIM
The world-renowned chanteuse of stage and screen returns to the Neue Galerie with a dazzling program of highlights from the Weimar era for Cabaret at Café Sabarsky. A two-time Grammy nominee who has received outstanding acclaim for her renditions of Berlin cabaret tunes and the French chanson, Lemper lends her distinctive, glamorous flair and passionate style to a timeless repertoire of works by Weill, Brecht, Hollaender, Tucholsky, Ullman, Eisler, and other much-loved classics of the turbulent, expressionist time between the wars.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2023
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2023
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2023
WITH SHOKO NAGAI
With an impressive vocal range and unforgettable style of dramatic interpretation, Sanda Weigl is a captivating and powerful performer and artist. Immersed in the folk songs of her native Romania and the cabaret lyrics penned by her uncle Bertolt Brecht, Weigl has triumphed on stages around the world throughout her illustrious and genre-defying career. She returns to Café Sabarsky with an enthralling program of songs and stories steeped in the great theatrical techniques and music of the Weimar era.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2023
WITH ADAM ROTHENBERG
A regular at the Metropolitan Opera, and a 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner, Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world’s concert and operatic stages for his “focused, full-voiced tenor” (New York Times). Lauded as one of classical music’s rising stars, Mykkanen is captivating as a cabaret performer with a theatrical flair and a singular approach to song. For his debut at the Neue Galerie’s Cabaret at Café Sabarsky, Mykkanen will present a searing overview of the turbulent 1920s in song and story.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2023
KIM DAVID SMITH
WITH TRACY STARK
Australian cabaret star Kim David Smith returns to Café Sabarsky with a brilliant and highly personal interpretation of the iconic Weimar diva Marlene Dietrich—and who better to pay tribute to this icon than the “male Marlene Dietrich” (New York Times)? In this singular show, clad in costumes by Miodrag Guberinic (who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Madonna), Smith conjures the glitter and doom of 1920s Berlin through music and fashion, the cultural legacy of the Weimar era.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023