Chris Fenwick. Chris was the Music Director of the Tony award winning production of FUN HOME, and is currently on staff at City Center as the Music Director of Encores! Off-Center. He sat down with us in the studio after his hugely successful run of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, that starred Jake Gyllenhaal and an all-star cast. Listen in to find out how he chooses to learn rather than panic in stressful situations, and why he has achieved so much so early in his career.
Michael Shulman shares the story of how he made it Broadway as a child actor, working with Stephen Sondheim in the original production of “Assassins” and two years as Gavroche in “Les Misérables”. He talks about his experience as a child actor and how he made the transition into the business as an adult actor. Majoring in Art History at Yale he pursued knowledge that would complete his education into being an artist. He currently is acting, writing and producing (Starry Nigh Entertainment). We talked about; the skills he needed to learn to be a producer, what he learned as an actor from being a producer, the importance of reviews, what creates successes and failures of shows on Broadway, balancing producing, acting and writing on a daily basis as well as piano practicing, how learning the piano helped him in singing and how his immersion into all the arts help him to pursue a diverse career.
Contemporary Pianist, Anthony de Mare shares his journey to his current career. He talks about his influences that formed his path to studying classical piano, leading him to find an affinity to the repertoire of contemporary composers. At the University of Buffalo he found his way to new music exploring late Liszt to the present and hosting a radio program about new music. He examines the skills that a pianist needs to be successful at learning contemporary music and the importance of including contemporary music within standard repertoire curriculum. We discuss the difficulties that arise from learning and teaching contemporary music, how competitions fit into creating a career, and defining what is included in contemporary piano music. Reinventing himself every five years or so, he shares his current project “Liaisons”, commissioning 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers from across the musical spectrum to “re-imagine” one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece.