The cicadas were keen to get in on the act as Hershey Felder and his Florentine crew filmed memory sequences for the upcoming Beethoven play at the pianist and performer’s Tuscan castle, which will be live streamed on Sunday, July 12.

 

No bigger than a paperclip, the herbivores (the cicadas, not the crew; we stayed for dinner) delivered Nature’s chorus line to Felder’s consummate pairing of his beloved Steinway Model D and masterful theatrical forays as Beethoven and the Viennese Doctor Breuning, who spent his youth by the maestro’s side.

 

Featuring some of the composer’s most beloved works, including the Moonlight Sonata and Sonata Pathétique as well as selections from the 5th and 9th Symphonies, the Emperor Concerto and some chamber music, Hershey Felder’s Beethoven is bound to mesmerize, inspire and entertain audiences across the ocean.

Live From Florence: a chat with Hershey Felder

The actor and pianist performs from his home in Tuscany

In the background stands an 1845 Pleyel grand piano with yellowed ivories once caressed by Chopin. In the foreground, actor, playwright and pianist Hershey Felder waxes lyrical about life in Tuscany
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The exclusive live-stream theatrical event—Live from Florence, Hershey Felder Beethoven—will take place on Sunday, July 12 (5pm PDT, 7pm CDT, 8pm EDT). The show is available for 72 hours after the live event, which means that it can be watched at any time for the next three days.

 

Proceeds from the live stream will benefit the following theatres, arts organizations, ticket outlets and publications: Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA; Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, CA; TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA; San Diego Repertory, San Diego CA; Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montreal, Canada; Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT; Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago, IL; Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY; Berkshire Theatre Group, Pittsfield, MA; Penumbra Theatre Company, St. Paul, MN; 59E59 Theater, New York, NY; Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, New York, NY; Zach Theatre, Austin, TX; Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas, TX; Goldstar; TheaterMania; TodayTix.

 

Hershey is also generously donating a percentage of ticket sales to The Florentine. 

 

 

Click here to buy tickets ($55 per household) for the live stream on Sunday, July 12: http://theflr.net/hershey-felder-beethoven

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