• Monday, Apr 9, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Invites Musical Theater Students to Join Workshop with Broadway Professionals Held on its Online Musical Exchange Community for Teenage Musicians

    Musical Theater Project Is Led by Leslie Stifelman, Music Director and Conductor of Broadway’s Chicago, and Tony Award-Winning Actor Roger Rees
    Carnegie Hall invites teenage musical theater students from around the world to participate in its Musical Theater Project, a six-week, interactive online workshop led by Leslie Stifelman, music director and conductor of Broadway’s hit musical Chicago, and Tony Award-winning actor Roger Rees. Beginning April 23, the six-week workshop will take place on Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange online community for teenage musicians (ages 13-19). Students will interact with Leslie, Roger, and other leading Broadway talents through three live chats, have opportunities to receive feedback on their own uploaded performances and will also read and watch posts from the professional artists. To join the project, students can sign up immediately at musicalexchange.carnegiehall.org.

    Project participants will:
    • Join in personal conversations with Broadway musicians, dancers, and directors
    • Receive valuable one-on-one feedback and advice from the pros
    • Build a network of new friends and mentors
    • Earn a chance to appear on the Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange album, including a professional recording session

    The Musical Theater Project is one of six featured projects this season at Carnegie Hall’s online Musical Exchange community for teens. Through these projects—all led by professional musicians affiliated with Carnegie Hall—young musicians are provided with opportunities to connect with and learn from a diverse group of young professionals and established artists. At the conclusion of each project, one student will be selected to have his or her work appear on a compilation album produced by Carnegie Hall and released online. The album, Musical Exchange Songbook, features student work from each of the six online projects of the 2011-2012 season.

    Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange website, located at musicalexchange.carnegiehall.org, is a global online community where teenage musicians connect with each other, share their musical performances, and participate in online projects, forums, and group discussions. Musical Exchange focuses on musical sharing, creativity, and international collaboration. Student musicians from around the world—all levels and musical styles—are encouraged to join the community. Musical Exchange is a program of the Weill Music Institute, Carnegie Hall’s education and community programs arm.

    About the Workshop Leaders
    Leslie Stifelman is the music director and conductor for Chicago: The Musical, the longest running American musical in Broadway history. A distinguished performer and entertainment executive, Leslie has a diverse career as an executive producer for television (The Music In Me for HBO®), master teacher (Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute), conductor (most honored to have led The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center), music director (Here Lies Jenny with Bebe Neuwirth, Roger Rees, and Ann Reinking), pianist (favorite collaborations with Marin Alsop, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Dawn Upshaw), recording artist (Leslie can be heard on all the major labels including Angel, Nonesuch, BMG, and EMI), and music supervisor for films (directors Martin Scorcese and Rita Wilson). Her projects have been awarded the highest honors in the arts and media including the Peabody® and Grammy® awards. Closest to her heart are the award-winning music education initiatives and community partnerships that she has developed for HBO®, Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the All Stars Project, the Concordia Orchestra, and many other non-profit organizations. Her favorite project in 2012 was serving as Music Supervisor and Choral Director for Carnegie Hall’s Carmina Burana Choral Project with conductor David Robertson, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and a mass choir of 200 New York City high school students.

    Roger Rees has played in nearly every Shakespeare play, some several times, including 22 years of Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from spear-carrier to leading man. He played the eponymous hero in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, for which he won the Olivier Award in London, a Tony Award in New York, and an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor. Mr. Rees was the Associate Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre where he directed, among others, Julius Caesar, John Bull, and Turkey Time. In America he directed Red Memories (NYSF); Lynn Nottage’s Mud, River, Stone (Playwrights Horizons),The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Old Globe); Arms and the Man (Roundabout), and, an episode of HBO’s Oz. With the much-loved Collegiate Chorale in New York he directed Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Philip Glass’s Juniper Tree, Gershwin’s White House Cantata, and Kurt Weill’s Firebrand of Florence. He conceived and directed Here Lies Jenny (Zipper Theatre, Post Street Theater). Roger, for three years, was the Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where he directed The Rivals, The Film Society, Simon Grey’s The Late Middle Classes, Anything Goes, and Herringbone, and played Petruchio while directing The Taming of the Shrew—opposite Bebe Neuwirth. He continues to tour America with his acclaimed one-man show, What You Will, premiered at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC. Mr. Rees’s latest project, Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan, written by Rick Elice and co-directed with Alex Timbers, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York this April. Known to TV audiences as Lord John Marbury on NBC’s The West Wing and Robin Colcord on NBC’s Cheers, he recently played Dr. Colin Marlow, on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy—and appeared in HBO’s Oz.

    Weill Music Institute
    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs and online initiatives annually serve more than 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area, across the US, and around the world.

    Carnegie Hall's Musical Exchange is supported, in part, by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.

    Sony Corporation of America is the proud lead sponsor of Carnegie Hall's Musical Exchange.

    With additional funding from Bank of America.

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