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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 Friday, March 6, 2015 through Saturday, March 7, 2015.



Friday March 6, 2015:

11:30 am -
12:30 pm
Discussion with Jason Robert Brown:
"Success in Theatre"
Green Center,
Thompson Recital Hall
1:45 pm -
2:45 pm
Discussion with Jason Robert Brown:
"Composition and Creative Process"
Green Center,
Thompson Recital Hall
3:00 pm -
5:00 pm
Coachings of Jason Robert Brown's Works

Brooke Addison: “Stars and the Moon”
Angel Riley: “Surabaya Santa”
Angel Riley and Derrick Truby: “A Rumblin’ and a Rollin’”
Sarah Pistorious and Yazid Pierce-Gray: “I’d Give It All For You”
Julie Strauser: “To Build a Home”
Joey Leppek and Julie Strauser: “Falling Into You”
Green Center,
Thompson Recital Hall
6:30 pm -
8:30 pm
Master Class with Jason Robert Brown

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

Sarah Pistorius, mezzo-soprano:
    From Merrily We Roll Along, "Not a Day Goes By”
          by Stephen Sondheim
    From Lucky Stiff, “Times Like This” by Stephen Flaherty
    From The Last 5 Years, “When You Come Home to Me/Climbing
          Uphill” by Jason Robert Brown 
 Hannah Gauthier, soprano:
    From Wonderful Town, "100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man”
          by Leonard Bernstein
    From She Loves Me, “Will He Like Me?” by Jerry Bock
    From Songs for a New World, “Christmas Lullaby”
          by Jason Robert Brown 
Derrick Truby, tenor:
    From Merrily We Roll Along, "Good Thing Going” by Sondheim
    From Thoroughly Modern Millie, "What Do I  Need With Love?"
          by Jeanine Tesori
    From The Last 5 Years, “If I Didn’t Believe in You"
          by Jason Robert Brown 
Yazid Pierce-Gray, baritone:
    From Ragtime, "Make Them Hear You” by Stephen Flaherty
    From She Loves Me, “She Loves Me” by Jerry Bock
    From Parade, “Blues: Feel the Rainfall” by Jason Robert Brown 
Green Center,
Thompson Recital Hall

Saturday March 7, 2015

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

Gretchen Cryer '57
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

Tim Good, Professor of Communication and Theatre, Director of Into the Woods and Parade

Mark McCoy, Dean of the School of Music, Curator of The Crucible

Gretchen Cryer ’57, Playwright, Performer, President of the Dramatist Guild Fund

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

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.