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‘Wrapped in Lyrics; Music of Women Composers’

February 28, 2018
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Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Music will host a performance titled “Wrapped in Lyrics: Music of Women Composers” Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. The performance features Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music vocal instructor Stephanie Thorpe, soprano. The recital performance, in honor of Women’s History Month, is a culmination of Thorpe’s extensive research of contemporary classical women composers and contemporary commercial composers. This unique combination of women composers has often been researched and performed, but rarely together and by the same performer. Through the words and music of female composers, this recital is an adventure in storytelling and highlights a variety of styles and genres. The majority of the composers chosen for this recital are advocates for the arts, activists for a variety of causes, and are unique artists in their own right. The first section of the recital is contemporary, featuring repertoire by Georgia Stitt, Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlile, and Sara Bareilles, with lyrics found in everyday situations or miniature life adventures. Read more… 



Writers Announced For 2018 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony At Goodspeed

January 9, 2018
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In what has become an annual ritual, a total of 38 established and emerging composers, lyricists, and librettists will converge on the Goodspeed campus from mid-January through mid-February 2018 to participate in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The writing teams, representing 19 new musicals, will populate the campus, creating a truly exciting environment for discovery and inspiration. The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed is an unparalleled, long-term residency program devoted exclusively to musical theatre writing. Read more… 


Photo Coverage: Betsy Wolfe, Adam Kantor, & Maestro Steven Reineke Celebrate at the WOMEN OF NOTES Concert Cast Party

November 18, 2017
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As Steven Reineke, music director and conductor pointed out in his toast after The New York Pops Concert dedicated to women female Composers….”this concert was especially significant in these current times.” After the extraordinary notes of women composers and lyricists played in Carnegie Hall by the orchestra and sung by guest artists (in a concert titled Women of Notes: In Dedication to Female Composers and Lyricists) the cast and New York Pops community celebrated… and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out the photos!


BROADWAY CLOSE UP: TWO’S COMPANY – BROADWAY’S GREATEST DUETS

November 15, 2017
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In musicals, it’s often the flashy solos and big choral numbers that get the most attention, but duets generate their own kind of excitement. Host Sean Hartley and a stellar cast of Broadway stars explore duets in different styles by some of Broadway’s greatest writers, including Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Stephen Schwartz, William Finn and Alan Menken. Featuring Tony nominee John Herrera (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Farah Alvin (Nine), Lora Lee Gayer (Follies), Jason Gotay (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Jeff Kready (Les Misérables), Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Gabrielle Stravelli and Sally Wilfert (Assassins).
With Georgia Stitt, Music Director, and Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Stage Director. Read more…