Novelist Franz Kafka and composer Erwin Schulhoff were contemporaries, not just as Czech-Jewish artists, but in their dark, ironic conceptions of life in the 20th Century. As part of their ongoing "Music Speaks" series, Great Performers at Lincoln Center will present Houston's Da Camera troupe will pair the music of Schulhoff and the writings of Kafka in a one night only concert, March 3, at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre. Reading from Amerika, The Metamorphosis and At Night will be legendary actress and acting teacher Uta Hagen, who starred Off Broadway and regionally in Mrs. Klein. Soloists and the Amsterdam based Schoenberg Quartet will accompany Da Camera on the selections.
Da Camera was founded in 1987 to create innovative programs of chamber music. Pianist Sarah Rothenberg is Da Camera's artistic director.
The final Music Speaks concert, set for April 7, will feature the works of Thomas Mann set to compositions by Schumann, Schoenberg, Mahler and others.
For tickets ($20) and information on "Kafka's Vision," call (212) 721-6500.
--By David Lefkowitz