"An Evening with Chopin in Paris"

Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 3:00 p.m.
Yogi Berra Museum, on the campus of Montclair State University
Entry Fee for the Museum is $4

The Departments of Music and French, German, and Russian are pleased to announce "An Evening with Chopin in Paris," a concert that sets the music of Polish composer Frederic Chopin in its historical and social context. Chopin lived in Paris in the 1830s and 1840s, and most of his performances at this time took place in the salons of friends and acquaintances. During these evenings, or "soirees," poets and writers would read from their work, musicians would play, and all present would discuss topics of literary, musical, and social significance.

Actors representing the friends of Chopin - Franz Liszt, Marie d'Agoult, Ferdinand Hiller, George Sand, and her children - will read letters, journal entries, and fiction pertaining to the composer and his music. About ten works of Chopin are featured, including some of Chopin's songs, unpublished during his lifetime. The performance will be directed by Shannon M. McCandless, based on a script by Professors Elizabeth Emery and David Witten.

Performers include Loick Varella, Crista Orefice, Vanessa Benfatto, David Arsenault, Katie Christiansen, Greg Lamer, Chiho Okuizumi, David Witten, Farrell Guarnaccio, Tatyana Kebuladze, Caroline Parody, and Suji Kim. This performance is made possible by a Faculty/Student Research Grant from MSU. For further information, call 973-655-4379.