John Caird to Direct Sting, Styler, Gunn, Bell and More in Schumann-Inspired Twin Spirits

News   John Caird to Direct Sting, Styler, Gunn, Bell and More in Schumann-Inspired Twin Spirits
 
Sting, Trudie Styler and Joshua Bell will appear in Twin Spirits, a theatrical musical event June 30 in Manhattan in celebration of the composer Robert Schumann's 200th birthday. Tony Award winner John Caird, the co-director of Les Miserables, devised and will direct the show for Culture Project.
Sting
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Billed as an "intimate theatrical event," the work will be seen 7:30 PM June 30 at The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street in New York City.

Twin Spirits is billed as "a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between composer Robert Schumann and wife Clara Wieck. Sting joins his wife, actress, producer and philanthropist Trudie Styler to read from the letters between Robert and Clara. Their story is illustrated and interwoven with music composed by Robert — whose spirit will be embodied by pianist Jeremy Denk, baritone Nathan Gunn and violinist Joshua Bell — and by Clara, who is evoked by pianist Natasha Paremski, soprano Camille Zamora, and cellist Nina Kotova."

A portion of the proceeds from the performance will benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir, bringing together public high school students from across the five boroughs.

Twin Spirits was first performed in 2005, and was recorded before a small audience in a small studio space at London's Royal Opera House in 2007, and released on the Opus Arte label in 2009.

Culture Project creates "artistic work that investigates urgent social and political issues" and fosters "innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and theatre, music and film artists" with the aim "to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy" and encourage "democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time." It was founded in 1996 by artistic director Allan Buchman. For more information, visit cultureproject.org. Tickets are $125 (standard reserved seating), $250 (VIP seating - includes post-concert reception with artists). Visit Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office (Broadway at 60th Street, Ground Floor), call (212) 212-721-6500 or visit www.jalc.org.

For VIP tickets, call Culture Project at (212) 925-1806.

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