Monsieur Chopin, a One-Man Show about Composer Frédéric Chopin
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Even the weekend's downpours couldn't keep me away! This may be the best theatre trilogy in California...and I feel lucky to have been able to attend "Monsieur Chopin" so soon following my attending Felder's Gershwin tribute. It really made me appreciate his ability as an actor. I can't wait for his Beethoven (and, eventually, Bernstein?!) Felder is an exquisite showman of a pianist and a wonderful vocal talent, and it's amazing to me that he is also a flawless playwright and an engaging actor. His work is unique and unparalleled. I have a special fondness for Chopin, but even if you aren't a classical music fan, you will be entralled by the history lesson made into theatre...and you'll never again listen to classical piano without remembering this work.
Thank you Hershey Felder, and thanks to Laguna Playhouse. I don't live near Laguna Beach, but I plan to be a regular to your playhouse from now on! Bravo!
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“In his finest moments, (Felder) carries a rapt audience along on a wave of true, powerful, and wordless passion.” —Boston Globe
Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
The Music of Frédéric Chopin
Text by Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick
Monsieur Chopin will teach a piano lesson that actually took place on March 4, 1848, just days after the February 1848 revolution. As the piano lesson unfolds, he reveals secrets about the art of the piano and composition, as well as secrets about himself.
Hershey Felder began the creation of Monsieur Chopin, prior to that of George Gershwin Alone. An actor and Steinway Concert Artist and former Scholar in Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music as well as composer, Felder comes from a traditionally classical musical and theatrical background. His studies on Chopin have taken him across the world and include studying the composer’s history, period history, manuscripts and living in Chopin’s still existing residences. Included in the creative process, is a scholarly relationship with the United States’ foremost author and professor of Chopin Studies, Jeffrey Kallberg, a professor of music and chairman of the music department at the University of Pennsylvania.