A Berlin-inspired cabaret evening highlights "Impassioned Images" at "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb," on October 2, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will resound with a Berlin-inspired cabaret featuring songs of decadence, exile, corruption, revolution, crime, and experiment, on Thursday, October 2, at 7:00 pm. The program, free and open to the public, is part of the “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” series and is presented in conjunction with the museum's new exhibition Impassioned Images: German Expressionist Prints.

Bass-baritone Robert Osborne, accompanied by pianist Richard Gordon, will perform this evening of cabaret, previously heard last fall as part of Carnegie Hall’s “Berlin in Lights Festival” in New York City at the Neue Galerie.

The evening will feature songs in both German and English by composers Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Franz Waxman, Friedrich Hollander, Paul Lincke, Mischa Spoliansky, Arnold Schoenberg, Jean Wiéner, and Cole Porter.


Robert Osborne has researched, recorded, and performed extensively the little-known works of John Alden Carpenter, Henry Cowell, Leo Sowerby, and Harry Partch. A dedicated singer of art songs, he has presented recitals throughout the United States as well as in France, Spain and Italy. Mr. Osborne has sung throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Central and South America, and Asia under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dennis Russell Davies, Vladimir Spivakov, and John Williams. He has appeared on television on the BBC Omnibus Series, Soviet Arts Television, the PBS Great Performances broadcast of the Bernstein at 70! Gala, and on PBS in Musical Outsiders: An American Legacy.

With an operatic repertoire of more than 40 roles Mr. Osborne has sung with opera companies in Berlin, Paris, Houston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and New York. His extensive concert repertoire has taken him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris, Victoria Hall in Singapore, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Gran Teatro in Havana, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.  Mr. Osborne has also appeared with the Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Nakamichi Baroque, USArts/Berlin, Redwoods, Cape May, Aspen, and Marlboro Festivals. He is the artistic director of the Doissat Festival de Musique in southwest France. Brought up in Washington, D.C., Robert Osborne holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Yale University School of Music. He joined the Vassar College music department faculty in 1997.


The touring exhibition Impassioned Images: German Expressionist Prints, to be seen August 22-October 26, 2008 at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, explores the visions of numerous artists who engaged their charged emotions with the medium of printmaking. Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection, Impassioned Images presents fifty woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings by many of the seminal German artists of the early twentieth century, including Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Erich Heckel, George Grosz, Otto Dix, and Max Beckmann. The Expressionist groups Der Blaue Reiter and Die Brücke and the post-war trend of Neue Sachlichkeit are all represented by a range of vigorous works. Impassioned Images is presented in the art center's Prints and Drawings Galleries, and this showing is generously supported by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Exhibition Fund.  


“Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” extends the museum's hours every Thursday until 9:00 pm, for the public to tour the galleries, attend special performances, and enjoy refreshments. Admission to the museum is always free.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery.  The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building’s primary donor, opened in 1993. The Lehman Loeb Art Center’s collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise almost 18,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares.  Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college’s inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.  Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar’s extensive collections.


Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Thursday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00 pm.  Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia: Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Culinary Institute of America.  The Art Center is wheelchair accessible.  For more information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, September 15, 2008