5 Questions: Hershey Felder

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Posted 7/8/15 –

5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –



Concert pianist, performer, and playwright Hershey Felder brings “Irving Berlin” to life at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.



SD: Why Irving Berlin?

HF: It was not my intention to ever portray him. I thought he was a jingle writer, who had also wrote a couple of popular songs. My friend, Eva, insisted I investigate him and his music. He was a major contributor to music. He was a musical genius just like Mozart. It’s funny, the one I didn’t want to do has become my most popular show.

SD: What has been the most fascinating thing about Berlin that you learned?

HF:   After all I learned, I still marvel at his genius. He chose not to go to school because people said it would ruin his musical talent.

SD: You have played many great composers, do you have a favorite?

HF: Of course, it’s the one I’m portraying at the time or I will get in big trouble [he laughs]. I love what I get to do.

SD: What is it about music and playing the piano that you love so much?

HF: For me, it is who I am. It runs through every fiber of my being. It does something to me that I can’t comprehend. Music is a powerful tool that can change the human condition

SD: What do you want the audience to learn from your performance?

HF: I find joy in bringing to life the men who have made great contributions to the world of music. I hope the audience will also partake in that joy. I want them to enjoy the beautiful music and get a real sense of what goes into making this amazing music.

For more information on Hershey Felder visit www.gershwinalone.com and to purchase tickets to see him at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre July 8th – 26th visit www.artsemerson.org

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