Felder Recounts Beethoven, As I Knew Him for Cleveland Audiences

News   Felder Recounts Beethoven, As I Knew Him for Cleveland Audiences Hershey Felder opens the season at the Cleveland Play House with the finale in his Composer Sonata trilogy Beethoven, As I Knew Him, beginning Sept. 15.

Felder, who has performed George Gershwin Alone on Broadway and internationally, presents the latest evening that "brings the German musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of his last surviving friend. Flashbacks to his life, combined with performances of some of the most powerful music ever composed, create a complex and moving portrait of the composer."

Beethoven, As I Knew Him officially opens Sept. 16 and will run through Oct. 4 in the Bolton Theatre. Joel Zwick directs the production that is written by Felder, based on "Aus dem Schwarzspanierhaus" by Dr. Gerhard von Breuning.

Felder inhabits both Dr. Gerhard von Breuning and Beethoven in the evening. His Composer Sonata trilogy includes George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin and Beethoven.

The production has scenic design by François-Pierre Couture; costume design by Theatr' Hall, Paris; lighting design by Richard Norwood and Tamora Wilson; projection design by Andrew Wilder and Christopher Ash; and sound design by Erik Carstensen.

The Play House will also offer audiences Hershey Felder: The American Songbook Sing-Along, as a special engagement from Oct. 6-11. The evening celebrates American composers including Berlin, Kern, the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein and Sondheim, among others. For tickets and more information, visit ClevelandPlayHouse or phone (216) 795-7000.

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