Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sondheim in the Limelight Next Weekend


Join Resonance Works Pittsburgh  March 4 and Sunday March 5 in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom congregation for Side by Side by Sondheim!

For decades, Stephen Sondheim has propelled the evolution of American musical theater with his brilliant music and texts - crossing musical and theater styles, while examining issues in contemporary life in poignant and entertaining ways.

Side by Side...is an evening packed with a plethora of tunes from his early shows - Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures, plus his collaborations with giants Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), Jule Styne (Gypsy) and Richard Rodgers (Do I Hear a Waltz.)

Pittsburgh Magazine named Side by Side by Sondheim as one of the top 10 things to do in Pittsburgh in March. The venue is Levy Hall  at Rodef Shalom,, 4905 Fifth Avenue in. Pittsburgh, Performance times are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 and 3 p.m. on March 5. To reserve, visit www. resworks.org/tickets or phone 412-
501-3330.
Resonance Works bringstogether a stellar cast of singing actors with experience in both opera and legit musical theater. They include  baritones Daniel Teadt and Christopher Scott:

Christopher Scott

Christopher Scott returns to the Resonance Works stage after last season's moving performance in Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen.  Scott enjoys a rich and varied career of performing and teaching. As Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University, he teaches a voice studio and various music courses and directs the Chamber Singers and opera productions.

Scott has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Quad Cities Opera, Microscopic Opera, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Festival Opera). Later this season, he and his wife will travel to Dresden, Germany to perform a cabaret recital of musical theater and jazz selections with the Landesbühnen Sachsen theater company.

Daniel Teadt

Daniel Teadt has garnered international acclaim for his work on the opera and recital stage, and  has become a regular Resonance Works collaborator since its  very first season!

Teadt has appeared in major opera houses and concert halls in the US, Europe and South America as well as engagements with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony in addition to his performance on a Grammy Award-winning recording with the London Symphony Orchestra.

A passionate advocate for art song and new music, his recital collaborations have taken him to the Festival d'Aix-en-provençe, Ravinia Festival, San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut series, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, New York Festival of Song and Lyric Fest.  Scott is on the voice faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Resonance Works'  fabulous Side by Side trio of ladies perform a plethora of numbers - from emotional ballads like Send in the Clowns and Losing My Mind, to finely choreographed showpieces like You Could Drive a Person Crazy and Gotta Get A Gimmick:

Hilerie Klein Rensi
Hilerie Klein Rensi returns to the Resonance Works stage after last season's moving performance in Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen.  Hilerie has performed over 50 opera, operetta and oratorio works for companies including the Spoleto Festival USA, Tri-Cities Opera, Basically Bach Ensemble, Natchez Festival of Music, Lake George Opera, and others.

Hilerie is the owner and founder of Higher Voice Studio, the largest private voice studio in Pittsburgh.  When not on the stage, Hilerie resides in the South Hills with her husband and three children, while teaching private voice lessons and inspiring new young artists to pursue their musical ambitions.

Gillian Hassert
Gillian Hassert is a singer and an actor originally from Summit, NJ. She earned her B.F.A. in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University before moving to New York City in 2013. This past fall, she was performing and traveling across the country with Fame the Musical.  Last week she was a semi-finalist in the annual American Traditions Competition in Savannah, GA. She is ecstatic to be back near her old stomping grounds in Pittsburgh and remains a rabid Steelers fan.

Rebecca Shortstein
Rebecca Shorstein has performed with Resonance Works in every season beginning with our inaugural production of Verdi's Macbeth.  She has become known for her larger than life comic characters in The Elixir of Love, Cinderella, and Bach’s Coffee Cantata.  Most recently she brought her Christmas vs. Hanukkah cabaret to our Resonance Chamber series at the Livermore, and we continue to tempt her to move to Pittsburgh!

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