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JASON ROBERT BROWN

Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”

The DePauw University School of Music is thrilled to welcome three-time Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown to campus this spring. As a part of the annual Living Composers Festival, Brown will be speaking to various School of Music and Theatre Department classes, coaching School of Music students,  and performing a concert playing his original music.

Many of Brown’s musicals deal explicitly with ethical issues, including DePauw’s Fall 2014 production of Parade, for which Brown won a 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Score. As a part of the Festival, Brown will be hosting a lecture discussing the various ethical questions he poses in his writing.

Jason Robert Brown will visit campus on Saturday, March 7, 2015 through Sunday, March 8, 2015.

LIVING COMPOSERS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

10:00 am -
11:30 am
DePauw Alumni Panel:
"Getting into the Business"

Jeanne DeVos Bowling '91
Steven Showalter '97
Andrew Cornelius '99
Lindsay Bartlett '07
Moderator: Steven Linville ‘06
Green Center,
Room 1029
12:00 pm -
1:00 pm
Ethics Luncheon:
"Ethics and the Stage"

Susan Anthony, Mary Alice Braden Professor of Communication and
Theatre, Director of Urinetown: The Musical, Sweeney Todd, and The
Crucible


Gigi Jennewein, Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre, Director of Venus

Steven Linville '06, Music Operations Manager and Assistant Professor of Music, Music Director of Urinetown: The Musical, Into the Woods, and Parade

Mark McCoy, Dean of the School of Music, Curator of The Crucible
Project
Prindle Institute,
Auditorium
2:00 pm Student Cabaret Performance –
    Works of Jason Robert Brown
Green Center,
Thompson Recital Hall
5:00 pm Jason Robert Brown In Concert Green Center,
Thompson Recital Hall
7:30 pm Discussion with Jason Robert Brown: 
"Success in Theatre"
Green Center, 
Thompson Recital Hall

Sunday, MARCH 8, 2015:

9:30 am - 
10:30 am 
Discussion with Jason Robert Brown: 
"Composition and Creative Process"
Green Center, 
Room 1029
11:00 am -
12:20 pm 
Master Class #1 with Jason Robert Brown

Sarah Pistorius, mezzo-soprano
      “Not a Day Goes By” by Stephen Sondheim,
               from Merrily We Roll Along
     “Times Like This” by Stephen Flaherty,
               from Lucky Stiff
     “When You Come Home To Me/Climbing Uphill”
               by Jason Robert Brown, from The Last Five Years

Julie Strauser, soprano
      “Moonfall” by Rupert Holmes,
               from The Mystery of Edwin Drood
      “On the Steps of the Palace” by Stephen Sondheim,
               from Into the Woods
      “To Build a Home” by Jason Robert Brown,
               from The Bridges of Madison County

Joseph Leppek, tenor
     “Being Alive” by Stephen Sondheim,
               from Company
     “Jasper’s Confession” by Rupert Holmes,
               from The Mystery of Edwin Drood
     “Nothing In Common” by Jason Robert Brown,
               from Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes

Hannah Gauthier, soprano
     “100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man” by Leonard Bernstein,
               from Wonderful Town
     “Will He Like Me?” by Jerry Bock,
               from She Loves Me
     “Christmas Lullaby” by Jason Robert Brown,
               from Songs for a New World
Green Center, 
Thompson Recital Hall
1:10 pm -
2:50 pm 
Master Class #2 with Jason Robert Brown

Angel Riley, soprano
     “Summertime” by George Gershwin,
               from Porgy and Bess
     “When You’re Good to Mama” by John Kander,
               from Chicago 
     “Surabaya-Santa” by Jason Robert Brown,
               from Songs for a New World

Brooke Addison, mezzo-soprano
     “I Miss the Mountains” by Tom Kitt,
               from Next to Normal 
     “Was She Prettier than I?” by Hugh Martin & Timothy Gray,
               from High Spirits 
     “Stars and the Moon” by Jason Robert Brown,
               from Songs for a New World

Derrick Truby, tenor
     “Good Thing Going” by Stephen Sondheim,
               from Merrily We Roll Along
     “What Do I Need With Love?” by Jeanine Tesori,
               from Thoroughly Modern Millie
     “If I Didn’t Believe In You” by Jason Robert Brown,
               from The Last Five Years

Yazid Pierce-Gray, baritone
     “Make Them Hear You” by Stephen Flaherty,
               from Ragtime
     “She Loves Me” by Jerry Bock,
               from She Loves Me
     “Blues: Feel the Rain Fall” by Jason Robert Brown,
               from Parade 
Green Center, 
Thompson Recital Hall

 

General admission: $10 festival pass – good for all events in the Living Composers Festival. Passes for seniors, children and all students are free.  Get your tickets here.

This two-day event is co-sponsored by the School of Music, Department of Communication and Theatre, and DePauw University’s Prindle Institute for Ethics.