Hershey Felder: Beethoven

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Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis, bringing Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro's side. Featuring some of the composer's most famous works including the Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, selections from the 5th and 9th Symphonies, Hershey Felder: Beethoven is a journey through time that will bring you closer to the essence of a genius.

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"Felder is as skillful as an actor as he is at the keyboard, and director Joel Zwick has melded narration, music, and biographical detail into a seamless dramatic entity. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Hershey Felder: Beethoven is a masterpiece of storytelling that engages and enlightens the audience about the life and undeniable brilliance of composer Ludwig van Beethoven... Hearing and enjoying Beethoven's work adds to the most tragic irony that the most beautiful music ever composed was never heard by the genius who created it. Felder laments the fact that Beethoven was totally deaf but celebrates the gift of music that he gave the world. That celebration is a must-see theatrical experience."

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"These days, immersive is the buzzword commonly associated with virtual reality, but Felder's one-man show is immersive in the old-school vernacular, rendering this 500-seat theater pin-drop quiet. In the space of an hour and a half, Felder melds storytelling with music to draw us in to another world and paint a vivid portrait of a musical genius whose humanity is often eclipsed by his ubiquitous compositions."

sweet - Steve Gottfried - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"Hershey Felder, yet again, does a masterful job in bringing to life the treasured work of a universally beloved composer and genius... The show is a perfect example of theatrical storytelling, with each musical piece, almost a jigsaw puzzle piece, a concise telling of Beethoven's childhood to adulthood story."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"...all the while we are privy to a remarkable performace by a remarkable man as an actor and pianist who also wrote the play and created the scenic design."

sweet - Carol Segal - ...read full review


"Felder is a superb showman in, both, his performance of the composer and of his works. And it is this showmanship, so rare a quality today, that makes seeing Hershey Felder: Beethoven not only an immense joy but also a distinct privilege."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"Not only is Felder a brilliant actor, concert pianist, storyteller, he also is a historian. Right now at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, he is telling a masterful story about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


"Directed by Joel Zwick, HERSHEY FELDER: BEETHOVEN gives out the best of both worlds. It's the worlds of music and spoken word all rolled up into a ninety minute performance. And at the conclusion of the show, Hershey will come out of character to take questions from the audience! It's a great way to brush up on your Beethoven from the master himself!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"The remarkable Hershey Felder does not just tell the sad story of Beethoven's life, he sits down at the Steinway to expertly play selections of the great man's music, accompanying them with a play-by-play of what was going on as he was creating it and making us able to understand the sorrow, the sweetness, the anger, the frustrations as his thoughts and crushed dreams became part of musical history forever."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


"Felder is as skillful as an actor as he is at the keyboard, and director Joel Zwick has melded narration, music, and biographical detail into a seamless dramatic entity. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Hershey Felder: Beethoven is a masterpiece of storytelling that engages and enlightens the audience about the life and undeniable brilliance of composer Ludwig van Beethoven... Hearing and enjoying Beethoven's work adds to the most tragic irony that the most beautiful music ever composed was never heard by the genius who created it. Felder laments the fact that Beethoven was totally deaf but celebrates the gift of music that he gave the world. That celebration is a must-see theatrical experience."

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"These days, immersive is the buzzword commonly associated with virtual reality, but Felder's one-man show is immersive in the old-school vernacular, rendering this 500-seat theater pin-drop quiet. In the space of an hour and a half, Felder melds storytelling with music to draw us in to another world and paint a vivid portrait of a musical genius whose humanity is often eclipsed by his ubiquitous compositions."

sweet - Steve Gottfried - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"Hershey Felder, yet again, does a masterful job in bringing to life the treasured work of a universally beloved composer and genius... The show is a perfect example of theatrical storytelling, with each musical piece, almost a jigsaw puzzle piece, a concise telling of Beethoven's childhood to adulthood story."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"...all the while we are privy to a remarkable performace by a remarkable man as an actor and pianist who also wrote the play and created the scenic design."

sweet - Carol Segal - ...read full review


"Felder is a superb showman in, both, his performance of the composer and of his works. And it is this showmanship, so rare a quality today, that makes seeing Hershey Felder: Beethoven not only an immense joy but also a distinct privilege."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"Not only is Felder a brilliant actor, concert pianist, storyteller, he also is a historian. Right now at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, he is telling a masterful story about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


"Directed by Joel Zwick, HERSHEY FELDER: BEETHOVEN gives out the best of both worlds. It's the worlds of music and spoken word all rolled up into a ninety minute performance. And at the conclusion of the show, Hershey will come out of character to take questions from the audience! It's a great way to brush up on your Beethoven from the master himself!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"The remarkable Hershey Felder does not just tell the sad story of Beethoven's life, he sits down at the Steinway to expertly play selections of the great man's music, accompanying them with a play-by-play of what was going on as he was creating it and making us able to understand the sorrow, the sweetness, the anger, the frustrations as his thoughts and crushed dreams became part of musical history forever."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review