Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Bring your top hats and silk scarves. Enjoy a musical evening of wit and high style. Max Raabe and his ensemble evoke the musical glory of the 20’s and 30’s.

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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Max Raabe und das Palast Orchester
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8pm
Tickets: $40, $45, $52, $100

From Berlin, the theatrical and charismatic baritone, Max Raabe, leads his stellar 12-piece Palast Orchester in the high-style popular music of the 20’s and 30’s. He is a singer and entertainer of incredible range and sly humor. He can capture the cunning of the cabaret star, the confidence of the bel canto hero and the nonchalance of the carefree jazz singer. The band is equally on target with tunes from the glory days of the American movies or German chansons from the turbulent Weimar Republic. Raabe and his orchestra are slick and sophisticated, nostalgic but distinctly modern, expert and entertaining, and simply original.

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“The celebration of an era…Irresistible…Don’t miss it!” - Los Angeles Times

“Fascinating… A bygone era evoked!”- The New York Times

“Most elegant kind of pop music.” - San Francisco Chronicle

Los Angeles Times 2012

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Founded in 1986 by the Berlin-based baritone singer Max Raabe and a group of fellow music students, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester embodies the high style and musical glory of the 20's and 30's and has been heard by adoring audiences in the United States, China, Japan, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Holland, France, England, Scandinavia and the Baltics, performing over 150 concerts a year.

Max Raabe captures this timeless music with debonair charm and wit. A singer of incredible range, he has a singular ability to capture the cunning rasp of the cabaret singer, the confident bel canto hero, the oily melodiousness of the revue beau, the carefree timbre of early jazz, as well as the falsetto of ragtime, all backed by his stellar 12-member band, many of whom have been with him from the beginning. Max Raabe's art lies in revealing the enigmatic intelligence, ambiguity, musical power and complexity of the "German chansons" from the turbulent Weimar Republic. In his amazing performances he keenly reminds us that between melancholy and irony, rebellion and resignation, elegy and slapstick there is often only half a measure, sometimes just a single note, or a mere word.

Over the years, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester has discovered that one of the secrets of a good show is diversity. Accordingly, their vast repertoire includes classics like "I Kiss Your Hand Madame," "My Little Green Kaktus," and "Heute Nacht oder nie" ("Tonight or Never"); from the American Songbook, "Cheek to Cheek," "Night and Day" and "I Got Rhythm," as well as Rumbas ("Amapola"), Paso Dobles ("Rosa, Charming Rosa" − “…I fell in love ´cause she looked so cute, last summer in her bathing suit”), rare gems ("My Gorilla Has a Villa in A Zoo"), charming gems ("Love Thy Neighbor") and silly gems ("Dort tanzt Lulu" − "Lulu is dancing too! Ahaha, uhuhu”). Listeners may find themselves dreaming to a romantic melody such as "Leben ohne Liebe kannst du nicht" ("You Can´t Live Without Love"), or wooed by Max’s wry commentary between songs, or relaxing to a Comedian Harmonists’ adaptation or a beautiful violin solo. Max Raabe & Palast Orchester has also created covers of modern pop songs in the style of the 20’s, including “Sex Bomb,” “Oops!... I did it again” and “Super Trouper.”

In 1997, Max Raabe Palast Orchester celebrated its 10th anniversary with an audience of 20,000 at Berlin's Waldbühne. In 2000, the album Charming Weill was released on BMG Classics, a homage to the composer Kurt Weill, which received the ECHO award, and Super Hits replaced the Beatles as the "No.1" album in the charts in Latvia. In 2002, the Palast Orchester had the honor of opening the Viennese Festival Weeks for an audience of 40,000 and in the same year the orchestra made its U.S. premiere at Royce Hall in Los Angeles and the Fox Theater in Atlanta. From its premiere at Hamburg's Thalia Theater in August 2003 to the last show in 2007, the lavish production, Palast Revue, with its changing scenery, a stunning chorus line, and video backdrop was seen by more than 300,000 people.

In the spring of 2004, Max Raabe and his pianist Christoph Isreal made his New York debut in two sold-out solo concerts in the Neue Galerie on New York's elegant Upper East Side. This and the following tour of Max Raabe & Palast Orchester to Los Angeles, Atlanta and San Antonio really sparked off their US career. In 2005, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester made their Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall.

In 2010, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester travelled to Israel with the show, Heute Nacht oder nie (“Tonight or Never”). A documentary film was made about the orchestra’s Israel tour, Max Raabe in Israel. The film premiered at the Eighteenth Annual Jewish Film Festival of Berlin and Potsdam, Germany in 2012 and was subsequently shown at the Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. The film is a ninety-minute documentary featuring moments from concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, interspersed with interviews with and monologues by Raabe, as well as moments with his Israeli audiences.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester’s DVD releases include concert recordings from Berlin ́s open air venue, Waldbühne; Palast Revue (filmed at the Festspielhaus Baden Baden); Heute Nacht oder nie (“Tonight or Never” – filmed in Admiralspalast in Berlin, an original theater from the 20s); Live in Rome; and Eine Nacht in Berlin (“A Night In Berlin”). In 2016, the Let’s Do It television special (from the Admiralspalast in Berlin) was broadcasted throughout North America.

A few years ago, Max Raabe teamed up with composer and producer Annette Humpe. Together they created two gold and platinum-awarded albums, Küssen kann man nicht alleine (“One Cannot Kiss Alone”) and Für Frauen ist das kein Problem (“For Women It’s Not a Problem”), both released by Universal/ Deutsche Grammophon. For more information please visit: