Classical Beat: Beethoven’s 7th, Weill’s ‘Sins’ should dance well together in …

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, which has been called the apotheosis of the dance, is a reason all by itself to go to the April 19 and 21 concerts of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Coupled with Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins,” sung by Storm Large and the group Hudson Shad, it becomes an event not to be missed. The two even have something in common, besides their number, since “The Seven Deadly Sins” was commissioned as a “sung ballet.”

Large is known as a pop singer with Pink Martini, but her version of the Weill classic, in W.H. Auden’s translation, has been taking the classical world by storm (I couldn’t resist). She seems almost a reincarnation of Weill’s wife and artistic partner, Lotte Lenya, who made the role of Anna her own in the 1930s. Her persona, combining innocence and depravity, seems exactly what Weill intended. The male quartet of Hudson Shad

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