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Weillin' Out: Ute Lemper Sings Pablo Neruda, with a Bandoneon Player, at Midtown Supper Club 54 Below

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 05, 2014 05:14 PM EDT

If it suddenly feels like it's been too long since you've heard a Pablo Neruda poem out loud, then it has. Luckily for you, then, German chanteuse Ute Lemper will bring the Chilean romantic right to your ears at New York's City's midtown hot spot, 54 Below.

The show, Ute Lemper Sings the Love Poems of Pablo Neruda, began in New York at Joe's Pub only to return for another performance at below the famed Studio 54 night club. Perhaps it is the tragically flawed lovers churning in the Nerudian landscape--or maybe the style of Chile's greatest bard, himself--but either way, Lemper's show is one to be in attendance for.

She won't show up stag, though.

The crooner, best known for her renditions of Kurt Weill, will be accompanied by a bandoneon player named Victor Vilena and other musicians like Jesse Mills on violin, John Benthal on guitar, Vana Gierig on piano, percussionist Todd Turkisher and Steve Millhouse on bass.

Breathing new life into a late poet who, really, needs no introduction, Lemper's Tuesday performance was lauded by the New York Times

Her act will continue through Saturday.

So, if tonight you can write the saddest lines, then you might as well listen to Ute Lemper sing them over a slick tango.

To wit, here's an excerpt from back in 2013.

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