The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center, will feature a talk about Alban Berg’s opera, Wozzeck, by Mark Devoto as the concluding event of the series on April 23.
Wozzeck, in three acts and fifteen scenes, based on a play left unfinished by George Büchner at his death in 1837, was premiered in Berlin in 1925 after great difficulties. The opera was vociferously attacked by a majority of music critics, who deplored what they called its intensely dissonant music; yet it immediately achieved popularity with the public because of its gripping drama and expressive sound. It was the first great audience success in the history of atonal music, a success that hasn’t diminished to this day.
DeVoto is an Eastport summer resident, a long-time participant in the Sunday series, and a retired professor of music from Tufts University.
Sunday Afternoons at the EAC programs are held downstairs at the EAC. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are gratefully accepted. A full listing of the 2017 programs is viewable here: http://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/.
Please note: a related event has been planned for this talk. Northern Lights Film Society will show a 1987 film of the Vienna State Opera’s Wozzeck production on Sunday evening, April 23, at 7 pm.