Behind the Music with Louis Rosen: Anyone Can Whistle: Sondheim Finding His Voice - 92Y, New York

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Behind the Music with Louis Rosen

Anyone Can Whistle: Sondheim Finding His Voice

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To conclude the two-year lecture series, Stephen Sondheim: American Modernist, take a look back at a key work in Sondheim’s development, Anyone Can Whistle from 1964, written with his West Side Story and Gypsy collaborator, Arthur Laurents.

The show closed after a run of 12 previews and 9 performances, but the songs from the score lived on through the original cast album, as well as various Sondheim compilation revues and tribute albums. These songs reveal a young composer/lyricist, finding his voice and spreading his wings with beautiful, intimate romantic ballads, extended song/scenes, and satirical pastiche, all of which point the way and set the foundation for the groundbreaking, timeless work to come.

Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET


Louis Rosen

Composer, lyricist, author, performer, teacher—Louis Rosen has designed and taught the Music Appreciation/History and Music Theory curriculum for the 92Y’s School of Music for over 30 years.

Albums of Louis’ songs and compositions include Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues (The Langston Hughes Songs, 2016); Time Was (2013); The Ache of Possibility (2009); One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (2008); South Side Stories (2006); and the upcoming Fall 2017 release of Dust to Dus ...

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