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April 16, 1965 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-04-16

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Eleanor Lipkin Rocchi to Solo Here

Stratford Festival Lists Revival of Play That Irked Nazis

Eleanor Lipkin Rocchi, young
American pianist formerly of De-
troit, will be soloist with the De-
troit Women's Symphony Orches-
tra under the direction of Nathan
Gordon, 8 p.m. April 25, at the
Wayne State University Arts Aud-
itorium.
Mrs. Rocchi received her early
training here with Mrs. Rose Sapir,
Mischa Kottler and the late Ed-
ward Bredshall.
At the time of her latest of sev-
eral performances with the De-
troit Symphony Orchestra, critics

Presentation, during the Shakes-
pearean Festival in Stratford, On-
tario, at the festival's Avon Theat-
er, of "The Rise and Fall of the
City of Mahagonny," revives inter-
est in the play as a production that
irked the Nazis.
Stratford's Shakespearan Festi-
val will sponsor the North Ameri-
can premiere of the play.
Mahagonny (pronounced Ma-Ha-
GONNY) is a mythical city - pre-
sumably somewhere in the United
States-where everybody is sup-
posed to be able to live as he
pleases. It was conjured up in the
minds of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt
Weill.
Weill and Brecht first wrote
"Mahagonny" as a short song-
sketch called "The Little Mahagon-
ny" in 1927. Three years later,
after they had successfully collab-
orated on "The Threepenny- Opera"
they expanded the smaller work,

wrote, "Mrs. Rocchi gave an in-
terpretation of the Saint-Saens
Concerto which could match any of
the recorded interpretations by
pianists of much more fame, but
no more ability."
Mrs. Rocchi received a bach-
elors degree in music from the
Curtis Institute in Philadelphia,
where she studied under Rudolf
Serkin. In 1953 and 1954 she re-
ceived Fulbright grants for study
in Italy and graduated from San-
ta Cecilia Academia in Rome,
where she studied under Carlo
Zecchi.
Three years ago she toured Eur-
ope, and played in Salzburg. Upon
her return to this country she took
up residence with Dr. Rocchi in
Toledo, where she resumed her
musical activities both as a soloist
and as professor of piano at the
University of Toledo. She is also a
member of the university's trio-in-
residence, with whom she has
toured this past season.

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LA PARISIEN

and on the night of March 9, 1930,
"Aufstieg and Fall der Stadt Ma-
hagonny" had its premiere at the
Neue Theater in Leipzig. Because
it was contrary to the ideologies of
the Nazi party, it is said to have
caused the "worst theater riot in
history."
Lotte Lenya, Kurt Weill's wid-
ow, recalls: "The performance
was well under way before I was
startled out of my absorption by
the electric tension around us
. . . As the opera swept toward
its close, the demonstrations
started . . . By the time the last
scene was reached, fist fights
had broken out in the aisles; the
theater was a screaming mass of
people. Soon the riot had spread
to the stage, panicky spectators
were trying to claw their way
out, and only the arrival of a
large police force finally cleared
the audience."
Despite its stormy beginnings,
"Mahagonny" had a few other per-
formances in Germany before be-
ing suppressed by the Nazis. Its
music, however, flowed into the
European "Hit Parade" of the day
-jazz, blues, fox trots-and one
particularly haunting song, "Moon
of Alabama." Since the war, it
has been presented successfully
many times in other European
countries and was recently played
in English (as it will be in Strat-
ford) at Sadler's Wells.
The legendary city of Mahagonny
is a caricature of freedom and lib-
erty. It is a city constituted and
populated as a European-strongly
influenced by Hollywood films,
music, novels and news stories of
the 1920s - might have pictured
North America to be.
Mahagonny, an idealistic com-
munity where everyone sets his
own code of ethics, is founded
by a group of criminals escaping
from the police, Such a city at-
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The role of Jenny, originated by
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