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East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

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It's easy to associate musical theatre with light-heartedness and frivolity. Then along comes East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil to challenge the dominant paradigm. It's a musical theatre experience that delves into the very serious territory of human rights, justice and fascism. It's an acclaimed piece inspired by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands' prize-winning book East West Street, which explores the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity.

The show's representative told Weekend Notes the narrative is, "Focussing on the remarkable, connected stories of his grandfather and three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials - Cambridge academic Hersch Lauterpacht, Polish prosecutor Raphael Lemkin, and Hitler's lawyer Hans Frank," adding that, "The performance is based on the words, images and music that connected the men, from Bach and Beethoven, to Rachmaninov and Leonard Cohen."

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil will play at the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University's Southbank campus on Saturday 24 at 8pm. Tickets are available from or you can call 13 62 46, where you can also get a discount on tickets for groups of ten or more people.

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A special chance to see Phillip Sands on stage

The work is narrated by Phillip Sands and award-winning German actress Katja Riemann. The narration will be accompanied by leading bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and renowned jazz pianist Guillaume de Chassy. It's all brought together by the guidance of one of Britain's most prominent young opera directors, Nina Brazier.

East West Street's rep' said, of the show's themes, "It is now accepted that governments can no longer treat citizens as they wish. International law imposes constraints, a consequence of hard-fought efforts over many decades. After the Second World War a new system of rules emerged to prevent killing and other forms of mistreatment. At their heart are the crime of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity', to protect groups and individuals. Intended to protect human dignity, these developments are the consequence of acts of many individuals."

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East West Street, where human rights issues and beautiful music meet

1. Maurice Ravel, 'L'énigme éternelle', 1914
2. Sergei Prokofiev, 'Overture on Hebrew Themes' op.34, 1919
3. Fréderic Chaslin (in the style of Richard Strauss), 'Wer tritt herein, so fesch und schlank?',
4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata no.8, op.13 (Pathétique), 1798
5. Sergei Rachmaninov, `Melodya' op.21 no.9 (arranged by Guillaume de Chassy), 1900
6. Ferrucio Busoni/Johann Sebastian Bach, Choral BWV639, 'Ich ruf' zu dir', 1898
7. Johann Sebastian Bach, Matthaus Passion BWV244, 'Gerne will ich mich bequemen', 1727
8. Johann Sebastian Bach, Matthaus Passion BWV244 'Erbarme dich, mein Gott', 1727
9. Paul Misraki, 'Insensiblement', 1946
10. Leonard Cohen, 'Anthem', 1992

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil is a musical theatre experience for the thinking person. It promises to be like nothing else you've experienced in the genre before. Great discounts available for groups of 10 (Group 10 $50.00). Presented by Griffith University: Integrity 20 and Arts Projects Australia.
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Why? ItÂ’s Musical Theatre for the Thinking Person
When: Saturday 24th February 2018 8pm
Phone: Make a group booking enquiry or phone Qtix Groups on 3840 7466.
Where: Conservatorium Theatre Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University 140 Grey Street South Bank, Brisbane
Cost: Adult $59.00; Concession $45.00 (Seniors, Pensioners, Students)
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