MacPhail to host an ode to Sondheim – Austin Daily Herald


MacPhail will host an ode to Sondheim

Posted at 8:37 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022

The MacPhail Center for Music will host a unique show next week centered on the music of Stephen Sondheim.

“An Evening of Sondheim Songs” will be performed at the Austin MacPhail location from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18 and will feature selections from 12 of his shows.

In addition to being presented in Austin, the show will also be presented in MacPhail Minneapolis as well as in a private room.

“This program is a collaboration between MacPhail faculty, MacPhail students and community artists,” said Cheryl Berglund, site director in Austin. “This reflects MacPhail’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of education and cultivating community as he creatively moves from a top-down approach to education to one that encompasses teaching artists and performing artists. inside and outside our walls.”

Considered a giant of American theater, Sondheim’s work spans a wide range of works, including writing lyrics for “West Side Story” and “Gypsy,” as well as writing music and lyrics for acts like “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. and “Into the Woods”.

Sondheim died in 2021.

Berglund said next week’s show will be a cabaret-style show and was orchestrated by MacPhail faculty members David Kozisek and Walter Tambor, along with student Chris Anderson.

It will also star Janet Hanson, Pat Norton and Penelope Freeh.

“A collaboration of students, teachers, those who play professionally, and those who love music professionally, that’s exactly what we embody in our community,” Berglund said of the show. “I hope that because this is exactly what Austin embodies in our arts, we will show these artists our support by filling the recital space. Beyond this unique collaboration, this is musical theater, which is sure to be a fantastic evening.

There is also hope that this type of collaboration could be a source of inspiration for similar events in the future.

That through a show like this, music can be shared in a continuous chain of experiences from beginning musicians to experienced musicians.

“I hope this program will inspire other students, teachers, professional and amateur musicians to collaborate,” Berglund said. “I want musicians of all ages to enjoy their talent throughout their lives. It’s great to showcase famous musicians, but what really impresses me about this performance is the teacher-student collaboration, it’s the aspect of sharing the joy of music.

Other than that, it’s just a fun experience to bring to Austin.

“When I was asked if we would host this performance, I thought there was NO more perfect place to host this performance,” Berglund said. “Again, personally, it’s more important that students of all ages and skill levels understand that being involved in music is for everyone. Austin has a deep musical heritage, but what’s most impressive to me is that nearly every Austin student I’ve taught uses their talents as adults.

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