September 3, 2009
Webster University to host original one-man show
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ST. LOUIS, Sept. 3, 2009 - Webster University will present Écoute: pieces of Reynaldo Hahn. This original one-man show on the life and music of French composer Reynaldo Hahn draws on his experiences and relationships - particularly those with his closest friends, the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt and the exceptional writer Marcel Proust (who in many ways acted as his greatest muse) - and celebrates the inspirations of his music. The performance moves between text, music, and poetry to evoke not only a singular composer, but also an era when cultures were defined by their artists. The show, performed by Penn State voice professor Norman Spivey, will take place on September 20 at 4 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood, St. Louis, Mo. 63119. The cost of the show is $5.
Norman Spivey, a veteran of musicals, operetta and opera, earned degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Michigan. A Fulbright grant to Paris, where he worked with renowned baritones Gabriel Bacquier and Gérard Souzay, led to concert and opera engagements throughout France, as well as a tour of France and Canada as Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Along with Penn State musical theatre voice colleagues, he is on the faculty of Bel Canto/Can Belto: Learning to teach and sing for musical theatre.
Funding for the commission, production, and touring of this project has come from the College of Arts and Architecture, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the School of Music at Penn State. For more information, visit www.normanspivey.com.