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February 29, 2012

Candyce Columbus
LA Theater Examiner
'Monsieur Chopin.'

‘Monsieur Chopin.’

Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix

By popular demand Hershey Felder will return to The Pasadena Playhouse beginning with Monsieur Chopinthe love story of Frédéric Chopin and the authoress George Sand, featuring Chopin’s most beautiful piano music. Directed by Joel Zwick performances begin February 28, 2012 and continue through March 7 as part of three works written by Felder which he will perform through April 7.

Monsieur Chopin is a celebrated work about the life and music of legendary composer, Frédéric Chopin. Audiences are invited to a private piano lesson that actually took place on March 4, 1847 in the opulent Parisian salon of the Polish maestro. As the lesson unfolds, Chopin reveals secrets about the art of the piano and composition, as well as secrets about himself in this intimate musical biography featuring Chopin’s greatest works, including the Prelude in C Minor, Mazurka in A Flat Major, Polonaise in A Major, and his elegant Nocturnes.

The Pasadena Playhouse’s presentation of Monsieur Chopin will also include a newly-discovered cadenza in Chopin’s own handwriting for his Nocturne in Eb, opus 9/2. The cadenza was uncovered in the collection of one of his student’s families, written in pencil on a first edition print of the Nocturne from 1834, when Chopin first started teaching in Paris.

“Last season Hershey Felder brought Pasadena audiences his amazing portrayal of George Gershwin. The performance was very enthusiastically received, and we are thrilled that he has chosen to premiere Lincoln—An American Story at The Pasadena Playhouse,” said Artistic Director Sheldon Epps. “Hershey is truly a renaissance man – a writer, actor and accomplished musician – and only he could develop and bring to life such important and entertaining works. His collection of virtuoso performances will now be showcased for our audiences here in Pasadena, and we are thrilled.”

Lincoln—An American Story for Actor and Symphony Orchestra will be performed in front of a 45-piece orchestra will be performed March 27 through April 7.  It will be preceded by Maestro: Leonard Bernstein which performs March 10 through 18.

Monsieur Chopin opens 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 and performs Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Single show regular ticket prices range from $44 – $69, with Premium Seating available for $100. Call 626-356-7529 visit or visit The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA91101.

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