Six years ago the beguiling German singer Ute Lemper released “Paris Days, Berlin Nights” (Steinway & Sons), a gorgeous set of songs arranged by Stefan Malzew, who also accompanied her on piano, accordion and clarinet with Germany’s Vogler String Quartet.
She revisits the disparate material on Saturday at Stanford, in her only California date this year, joined by the same vaunted cast. While often described as a nostalgic trip to wide-open 1920s Weimar Germany, the show only touches lightly on that volatile era via songs by Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler.
With her smoldering renditions of music by Israeli songwriter Chava Alberstein, Belgian star Jacques Brel, Argentine nuevo tango great Astor Piazzolla, and French chanson legend Édith Piaf, Lemper ranges freely around the world, alighting wherever the mysteries of the human heart reveal themselves.
Details: 7:30 p.m.; Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University; $15-$80; 650-724-2464, live.stanford.edu.
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