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Sondheim Part 1 Clips 9/4/11

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Published on Sep 4, 2011

ArtsMoveHearts: Take the Challenge
Today, I reveled in the music of Steven Sondheim for two hours. Approximately 15 music students from Rhode Island College with their professor, Dr. Frederick Scheff, presented a sterling review of some of my favorite music from the vast Sondheim repertoire. Sondheim's prolific music presents singers with challenging intervals and rhythms along with an emotionally saturated content that leaves both the performer and listener literally sapped of stamina. Sondheim requires a skilled company to deliver this music with the power that it contains. Sondheim's music also demands versatility; satirical, poignant and packed with the stuff of life that comes with seasoned years, performers need to not only stay on their musical game but on tap into their psyches. I watched these young performers delve into Sondheim with sophistication, intelligence and skill. Between the humor, the pathos and the beauty, the audience was saturated and thoroughly satisfied.
These students will leave the safety net of college in several years and plunge into the world of performance with no viable income and no health benefits. How will you assist an artist to sing, dance, compose, author and play an instrument as a way of assisting them in their efforts to make the world a more beautiful place to live?
Consider getting in on the ground floor or ArtsMoveHearts to provide young artists with substantial funds so that they continue to study, practice and create the arts that feeds our spirits. We need you.
To find out how you can help, email Denise Morency Gannon, founder of ArtsMoveHearts at denisemorencygannon@gmail.com or go to www.denisemorencygannon.org and look for Arts MoveHearts on the web site. We need you.
Sondheim music reviewed: Barcelona (Company), You Could Drive a Person Crazy (Company), Agony (Into the Woods), It's That Kind of a Neighborhood (Company), Being Alive (Company), Giants in the Sky (Into the Sky), No One is Alone (Into the Woods), Weekends in the Country (Company), Getting Married Today (Company), Not While I'm Around and Pretty Woman (Sweeney Todd), Sunday in the Park (Sunday in the Park) and more.
9/4/11

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