February 28, 2018

The baritone and his orchestra will perform a cabaret of 1920 and 30s standards

MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust announced Berlin’s famed crooner MAX RAABE and his 12-piece PALAST ORCHESTER is coming to Minneapolis to perform at the historic Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. Together they will present their elegant collection of meticulously recreated German and American standards of the 1920s and 1930s. More Fred Astaire than Joel Grey, the burnished baritone with a “martini-dry wit” and his orchestra bring Weimar-era cabaret to life with masterful showmanship and polished performances.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave.), charge-by-phone at (800) 982-2787 and online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

Saturday April 21 8 p.m. Pantages Theatre $58.50, $73.50

In April 2018 Berlin-based Max Raabe and Palast Orchester will be crossing the Atlantic with their critically acclaimed show “Let´s Do It.” It may seem fresh that a German band tours the home territory of the American Songbook with a program stacked with standards like “Stormy Weather,” “Over My Shoulder” or “Who´s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf,” but Max Raabe and Palast Orchester have their own charming way of interpreting the original arrangements. They take a classical approach, put thought into every musical phrase and then let the music flow. A wonderful contrast to these melodies well known to American and Canadian audiences are the German counterparts written in the late 1920s. Hilarious songs like “When I need love, I go to Pauline,” romances like “Women are so beautiful when they love” and classics like Kurt Weill´s “Bilbao Song” are cleverly woven into a highly entertaining evening that builds bridges over time and space.

The Palast Orchester was founded in 1986 by Max Raabe and a group of fellow music students in order to play music from the period of Germany´s Golden Twenties.

In 1992 they found themselves in the German charts with their song “Kein Schwein ruft mich an” (Why does no one call), written by Max Raabe. Teaming up with film director Sönke Wortmann two years later for the film “Der bewegte Mann” (The Most Desired Man) made them known to a wider audience.

Concert tours abroad were soon to follow, the number of which clearly increased after the year 2000. At this time Max Raabe & Palast Orchester received an ECHO award for their CD “Charming Weill” and also scored well in international charts with two albums on which they interpreted modern pop songs in the style of the 20s. Specially their versions of “Sex Bomb”, “Oops, I did it again” and “Super Trouper” are asked for frequently to this day.

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester tour regularly to the USA and Canada where they give concerts in famous venues like Chicago Symphony Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco and New York´s Carnegie Hall.

Over the years concert tours have also taken them to China, Japan, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Holland, France, England and most recently to Scandinavia and the Baltics. In 2010 a successful tour to Israel attracted a great deal of attention. A filmed documentation opened the Jewish Film Festival Berlin-Potsdam and was also shown at similar events in other cities, for instance at the Film Festival Jerusalem.

Releases on DVD include concert recordings from Berlin´s open air venue Waldbühne, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden (the show “Palast Revue”) and at Admiralspalast Berlin, an original theater from the 20s where they filmed “Heute Nacht oder nie” (Tonight Or Never) and “Eine Nacht in Berlin” (A Night In Berlin).

A few years ago Max Raabe teamed up with composer and producer Annette Humpe. They created the two Gold and Platinum awarded albums “Küssen kann man nicht alleine” (One Cannot Kiss Alone) and „Für Frauen ist das kein Problem“ (which translates to “for women it´s no problem”), both released by Universal / Deutsche Grammophon.

Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in WeDo™, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District. We serve the community through our three historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our unique arts, culture and education programs. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.