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Maria Thomaschke Maria Thomaschke was born in Leipzig in 1977. She began her musical career at the age of six as a member of the children's choir at the Komische Oper Berlin. She studied classical singing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and completed her studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Since then she has appeared in various theatre and musical productions, such as The Threepenny Opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Beggar's Opera. Classically trained, Maria also has developed a passion for the songs of the 1920s, and has earned recognition as an outstanding chanson singer and producer of her own solo-evenings: Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender and Georg Kreisler are among her favourites. Her participation in the program Und die Musik spielt dazu... (And the music plays along Songs and Texts from the Theresienstadt Cabaret and from Ilse Weber, marked the start of her productive cooperation with Andreas Jocksch and Winfried Radeke.

Andreas Jocksch Andreas Jocksch, born in Berlin, completed his studies in voice at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. In addition to his passion for barbershop quartet singing the classical baritone also enjoys the music of Brecht/Weill, which, in 1998, lead him to the "ensemble weil...". Their productions of Mahagonny Songspiel and Happy-End Songspiel took him to Paris and New York. As an actor, Andreas made his first appearance in 1988 in the Neuköllner Oper , the top address in Berlin for contemporary musical theatre and debut performances. He has since been seen in many productions there. In 1989 he took part in the pioneering premiere of Viktor Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis - a highly praised production by Winfried Radeke. Ullmann's opera marked the beginning of his close cooperation with Radeke and the organisation musica reanimata . It is in this context that Radeke created the programme: Und die Musik spielt dazu... (And the music plays along) Songs and Texts from the Theresienstadt Cabaret and from Ilse Weber. The ensemble has been invited to perform this program far and wide.

Winfried Radeke Winfried Radeke is a composer, conductor and director. For many years he was head of the Collegium Musicum der Berliner Universitäten and the Chorwerkstatt Berlin. In 1977 he founded the Neuköllner Oper , and as artistic director he remained a member of its directorate for 30 years. He has composed 16 operas, three oratorios, a symphony, choral music, songs and children's songs, librettos, several adaptations and more. In 1989 Winfried discovered Viktor Ullmann's Kaiser von Atlantis (Emperor of Atlantis) for the Neuköllner Oper. His production was the first based on Ullmann's original autograph - a pioneering achievement and success. But even more: This production marked the beginning of his interest in the works of composers who had been forgotten due to the Nazis and is the decisive event leading to the foundation of the association musica reanimata in 1991. Ever since, Winfried has served as a member of the board and has conceived and conducted many Gesprächskonzerte (concerts with discussions). Among Winfried's many distinctions are the Deutscher Kritikerpreis (Prize of the German Critics) and the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Federal Cross of Merit).

Photos: © Evelin Frerk .