The 8 PM concert features the talents of Broadway actors Sally Wilfert, Ann Harada, Megan Lawrence and Sebastian Arcelus. (Malcolm Gets, who was originally scheduled to perform, has had to withdraw from the evening.) Philip Himberg directs with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner. Composed at Williams College, the new work contains lyrics and music by Finn in collaboration with his students. Songs of Innocence and Experience, according to press notes, "tells the stories of teachers and students, exploring the process of how learning is passed on."
Composer Finn narrates the evening.
William Finn composed the scores for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Elegies, A Song Cycle; March of the Falsettos; Falsettoland; and A New Brain, among others.
The Merkin Concert Hall is located in Manhattan at 129 West 67th Street. For tickets, priced $35, visit http://kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall or call (212) 501-3330.