Monsieur Chopin, Alive and in Concert at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

September 15, 2014 9:05 PM

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It must be such a delight to make use of your particular skill set--to be able to combine all your best talents in one special project. That's what pianist-actor-playwright-professor Hershey Felder has done, not once but several times, creating and performing in one-person shows as Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein. I don't know how I missed his previous appearances at Berkeley Rep, when he brought the latter two men here, but I did get to see him lately as Chopin. That show was so good, I'm happy to report that Felder will be back as Monsieur Chopin this month, and soon. For a change of pace, Felder will also lead an Irving Berlin sing-along before he leaves town.

With his flowing hair, swallow-tail coat and dark cravat, his Polish accent and imperious manner, Felder embodies Frédéric Chopin, the Polish Romantic composer who died in Paris in 1849, before he reached 40. (Among many other interesting tidbits, Felder/Chopin explains that, despite the blood on th...

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