Canadian born Hershey Felder excels as a pianist but his many titles include playwright, composer, producer, director and master of musical biographies. He has brought to life, in his amazing one man shows, the lives and works of such notables as George Gershwin, Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein and Franz Liszt. Now he is prepared to bring you the musical works of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in his newest offering "The Great Tchaikovsky."
From Saturday, August 19 to Sunday, August 27, the Hartford Stage will present this gifted maestro in a new play with music, weaving politics with his favored works, in a fascinating journey into the past. Felder will play excerpts from Tchaikovsky's classic ballets, "The Nutcracker," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Swan Lake" as well as concertos and symphonic pieces, all while being the great man himself and sharing secrets and revelations about his life and his mysterious death.
The culture of 19th century Russia will be revealed in such a way that you will feel a kinship with this man and his music and all he suffered, trying to conceal his sexuality, a fact that could have led to his exile in Siberia. With his director Trevor Hay, Felder will make this musical master come alive, showcasing his signature pieces and intimate details of his life.
For tickets ($25 and up, student $20), call the Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford at 860-520-5151 or online at www.hartfordstage.org. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.
Enter the heart and soul of this musician who brought such beauty to his works but yet who suffered deeply in his personal life as he created. Let Hershey Felder bring Tchaikovsky to life in his words and music.