Somewhere over the Rainbow ...
Katharine Mehrling says: “When I sing the songs of Judy Garland, I feel this unbelievably strong energy, a wonderful sense of joie de vivre, good fun and passion. Judy makes me fly. Judy lets me celebrate my melancholy. Judy makes me smile like I am in love, in love with Judy!”
In 2012, Katharine Mehrling delighted Berlin in the stage show “End of the Rainbow”. She gave such an intense performance in the role of Judy Garland that she was once again awarded the audience prize “Goldener Vorhang” (the golden curtain) as Berlin’s most popular actress. The celebrated star of stage has now dedicated a concert to the legendary American entertainer and singer. Together with many new arrangements by her long-standing musical director, Ferdinand von Seebach, and her band of eight musicians, Katharine Mehrling delves into Judy Garland’s “Great American Songbook” – bringing songs like Come Rain or Come Shine, The Man That Got Away and naturally Over The Rainbow, the song full of longing with its promise of a better, freer life on the other side of the rainbow. The song went on to become an eternal gay anthem and the rainbow became a symbol of diversity and tolerance.
“Judy has accompanied me for many years through the good times and the bad times. These songs by composers like George Gershwin and Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers or Irving Berlin take the listener through contrasting feelings like vulnerability and strength, great loneliness and love!”
Christian Meyers / Christoph Titz- Trompete
David Beecroft - Altsax/Flöte
Karola Elßer / Sidney Pfnür - Tenorsax / Klarinette
Johannes Gehlmann - Gitarre
H.D. Lorenz - Kontrabass
Stephan Genze - Schlagzeug / Percussion
Ferdinand von Seebach - Posaune / Klavier