NEWS RELEASE: Live concert featuring artist-in-residence Adam Guettel accompanied by Pace University BFA Musical Theater students and alumni
Pace University Department of Performing Arts and the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Announces ADAM GUETTEL IN CONCERT – Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Live concert featuring Adam Guettel performing his own music accompanied on stage by Pace University BFA Musical Theater students and alumni.
Directed by Amy Rogers; Music Direction by Robert Meffe, Andrew Smithson, and Joel Waggoner
“The theatre composer Adam Guettel is so overwhelmingly gifted that any news of his activities stirs the kind of fervent expectations that surround Stephen Sondheim, and before that, Leonard Bernstein.” -The New York Times, February 20, 2013
NEW YORK, April 5 – The Pace University Department of Performing Arts is producing a concert of works by Adam Guettel , performed Tony award-winning composer of the musicals The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins, Myths & Hymns and accompanied by Pace Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Musical Theater students and alumni. This concert is the culmination of a year-long artist-in-residency in which Guettel taught classes in musical theory, song interpretation, musical theater history and composition, as well tested material from a new project with Pace students.
Adam Guettel in Concert will be presented at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts located at 3 Spruce St. in lower Manhattan on April 30 at 8 p.m. For reservations call Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111 or visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/922331.
Adam Guettel (Composer) Adam Guettel is a composer/lyricist living in New York City. His musical, The Light in the Piazza (cast album on Nonesuch Records, premiered on Broadway in April 2005. The musical won six 2005 Tony Awards, with two going to Guettel for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations. His songs garnered a Grammy nomination for best cast recording. The Light in the Piazza also received 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Music and Best Orchestrations for Guettel. His other works include the Obie Award-winning Floyd Collins, Love’s Fire, and Saturn Returns. Guettel is currently working on four new musicals and an opera. Other accolades for Guettel include the Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), and the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005). Guettel is the son of composer, author and Juilliard School chairman Mary Rodgers and grandson of legendary musical theater composer Richard Rodgers.
Amy Rogers (Director) created the BFA Musical Theater degree program at Pace which began in 2002 with 6 majors and now has over 100. Rogers’ directing credits include: Full productions include Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, Elegies, Ragtime, Carousel, Wild Party (Lippa), The Most Happy Fella, Flora The Red Menace, Little Women, My Name is Alice, Urinetown, Violet, Pippin, Into The Woods, Funny Girl, and A Grand Night for Singing. Rogers has assisted critically-acclaimed director Lonny Price on the Pre-Broadway workshop of 110 in The Shade starring Audra McDonald, the Emmy Award-winning Passion for Live at Lincoln Center on PBS; Candide with the New York Philharmonic; Anyone Can Whistle at the Ravinia Festival, and both Kismet and Can-Can with Encores! at City Center.
Robert Meffe (Music Director) is the Director of Music for the BFA Musical Theater Program at Pace. Broadway: Associate Conductor of Little Women and the last six years of Les Miserables, keyboards for Evita (2012 revival), Newsies, The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens and Bombay Dreams. National Tours: Music Director of The Phantom of the Opera, Associate Conductor of Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Violet, The Prince and the Pauper, Gutenberg! The Musical! and Lightin’ Out. TV: Earth To America (TBS), Renee Fleming-Live at Lincoln Center (PBS). Las Vegas: Associate Conductor of Avenue Q, keyboards for Mamma Mia and Hairspray. Williamstown Theatre Festival/McCarter Theater at Princeton University: Ten Cents a Dance (Associate Music Director). Yale Institute for Musical Theatre: sam i was (Music Director).
About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Performing Arts Programs at Pace University: Undergraduate: Dyson’s Department of Performing Arts offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Musical Theater, and Commercial Dance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts International Performance Ensemble. The department presents over 50 performances every year. In 2006, Pace became only the second school in New York City to offer a BFA in Musical Theater. http://www.pace.edu/performingarts.
Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, also located in Dyson College, is the only MFA (Acting, Directing and Playwriting) theatre program officially sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio (co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino). All MFA students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series Inside the Actors Studio (taped at Pace’s Schimmel Theater and open to students), hosted by James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Actors Studio Drama School. www.Pace.edu/ASDS
About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu