Copland and Me-Sunday, November 30, 2008
a brief description
“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.”- Aaron Copland

” I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down."-
Virgil Thomson

ThomsonPistonfriendsAs composer, critic and friend of Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson presided over the American musical panorama with his brilliant writing about composers, performers and musical institutions in the mid 20th century. Copland and Thomson helped shape the course and destiny of American music as we know it today. These two American originals intersected at key times and places along parallel lines in helping America find and define its own ‘voice.’

Copland and Me is the story of friendship and colleagueship between two of America’s giant composers: Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson, who together shaped the course and destiny of American classical music, as we know it today.

The musical selections include: Copland, Thomson, Gershwin, Barber and Bernstein.

Robert PicardoWe are thrilled to welcome to the stage of the Berger Performing Arts  Center Armin  Shimmerman.

Armin Shimerman has dabbled in diverse arenas. Most Science Fiction fans are familiar with his portrayals of Quark on Star Trek: DS-9 and Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In over sixty different guest star characters on Television, he has brought to life an assortment of judges, anal-retentive bureaucrats, and sweet lost souls, including the major recurring roles of Pascal in Beauty and the Beast, Cousin Bernie in Brooklyn Bridge, Tommy Walker on the Invisible Man, and Edmund Graves on David E. Kelley’s, "Girl’s Club."

Immediately after graduation from UCLA with a degree in English, he apprenticed at the prestigious San Diego Old Globe Shakespeare Theater and eventually took over the lead comic roles. Afterward, he emigrated to New York where within a year he was performing for Joseph Papp in the highly acclaimed production of "3 Penny Opera." He went on to work many years on Broadway in "St. Joan" with Lynn Redgrave at the Circle in the Square, "Broadway" with Teri Garr and Glen Close, and finally Richard Rogers’ last musical "I Remember Mama." Years of work in Regional Theater followed including Stage West, Connecticut Shakespeare Festival, Vermont Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory, Rutgers’ Mason Gross Theater, Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, and Seattle’s ACT. For his last stage endeavor in Pinter's "Birthday Party," he was nominated for best lead performance by the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

In addition, he has co-wrote Sci-Fi novels for Pocket Books: "The 34th Rule", "The Merchant Prince," "Outrageous Fortune," and "A Capital Offense" (due out later this year). He is currently penning a Tudor mystery, "The Toad-eater." This latest book is a product of years of teaching Elizabethan Rhetoric to classical actors.

He was a founding member of "Alien Voices," a sci-fi audio theatre group with John DeLancie and Leonard Nimoy which does recordings of classic sci-fi.

Recently, he completed six years of service as a National officer of SAG where among other things he negotiated the current TV/Film contract, the Talent Agency contract, and the current consolidation and merger document.

Howard AllenDirecting the show is Howard Allen. Howard Allen  [thedoc (at)] has worked for many years as a professional actor, playwright, director, screenwriter and literary manager/dramaturg -- as well as a reporter, reviewer and editor in his journalistic career.

Latest news: Mr. Allen was a Star Speaker at the L.A. Screenwriters Expo-6 because of his skills at (rated 4 th nationally by Creative Screenwriting magazine) and he just started CoyoteMoon Films, a production company aiming to honor the storyteller by producing great stories.

As a member of Actor's Equity and the Screen Actor's Guild, Mr. Allen has performed in LORT B theatres and in movies directed by Michael Landon and others.

Performance details:
Show time: Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 3p.m.
Venue: Berger Performing Arts Center
Directions - Click here for directions to the hall.
Individual Ticket Price: $35
By Phone: 520.400.5439

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