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Hershey Felder

Finding the Right Gimmick for Your Art

George Heymont | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Ever wonder how lesser talents continue to survive? The answer can be found in this brilliant musical number composed by Jule Styne (with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) for Gypsy: A Musical Fable.

Hershey Felder Dazzles as Irving Berlin!

Jay Weston | Posted 01.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

My lovely companion was European and only knew that Irving Berlin had been a famous American songwriter. I have been writing about Mr. Berlin for many years and listening to his music all my life, so I thought I knew all about him.

Monsieur Chopin, Alive and in Concert at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

You don't have to be a classical music lover to enjoy this show, though it's hard to see how you could depart inured to Chopin's glorious music.

It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

The Piano Lesson

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.21.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On a Friday afternoon in Vienna in 1938, fourteen-year-old piano prodigy Lisa arrives on the trolley for her lesson to discover that Mahler Street has suddenly been renamed Meistersinger Street.

Felder as Bernstein in Maestro: Fine Fusion of Biography, Music

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Felder handles the story's many moods with grace and versatility, usually sitting at the piano and blending his words with virtuosic playing of pieces by Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Grieg and others, and naturally by Bernstein.

To Be Young, Gifted and a Classical Musician

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some writers like to reflect on modern history from the distance of a decade or a generation. Others prefer 25 or 50 years as appropriate reference points. Very few stop to think about how our lives have changed over the most recent third of a century.

Attention Must Be Paid

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm the kind of person who is frequently more turned on by process than product. I like following the path of artistic creation that begins with an idea.

The Power of Music: The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Through the art of storytelling at the piano, we come to understand that music carried this story over generations and music, in-part, gave Lisa the will to live. Music is what ultimately saved her life.