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Hudson Shad History

Hudson Shad

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Based in: Chicago, United States.

When Hudson Shad gave their German debut in the summer of 1995 they were hailed as the first equal heirs to the Comedian Harmonists by national news magazine Der Stern. This statement has since been repeated many times by the German media - TV, radio and print, both national and local. During three tours and several guest performances Hudson Shad has been welcomed with an enthusiasm as if the prodigal sons had come home. They have sold out prestigious houses like the Theater des Westens in Berlin, the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich and Gewandhaus in Leipzig. On a different occasion in Munich their shows had to be transferred from the medium-sized Lustspiel-haus to the larger Zirkus Krone. What sets Hudson Shad apart from other groups of their genre is first of all their musical professionalism.

Although they sing the repertoire of the Comedian Harmonists in the original arrangements they create their own image instead of limiting themselves to imitation. The polished, funny, imaginative way in which they present their music makes their performances very special. Hudson Shad's repertoire, however, is by no means limited to the Music of the Comedian Harmonists. In their concerts they present American songs of the 20's, including the repertoire of The Revelers, The Mills Brothers and The Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Furthermore, their diversity includes evergreens from the 60's like Martha My Dear and The Lion Sleeps Tonight, as well as gospel songs and Schubertlieder.

In January 1997 they were featured artists in Lincoln Center's bicentennial Schubert celebration with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. Hudson Shad has a thriving relationship with some of the great conductors and symphony orchestras of the world. The Hudson Shad Quartet frequently performs Kurt Weill's Die Sieben Todsunden. They have appeared with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony alongside such distinguished singers as Marianne Faithfull and Julia Migenes in the role of Anna. Hudson Shad's performance of Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel with the St. Paul chamber Orchestra was recorded broadcast on NPR in 1996. The summer of 1998 saw Hudson Shad in the Salzburger Festpiele with Dennis Russell Davies and Peter Zadek in performances of Kurt Weill's opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.


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