Copland and Me-Sunday, November 30, 2008
“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
” 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
As 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
We 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
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
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
Directing the show is Howard Allen. Howard
Allen [thedoc (at) scriptdoctor.com] 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
Latest news: Mr. Allen was a Star Speaker at the L.A. Screenwriters
Expo-6 because of his skills at ScriptDoctor.com (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.
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 3p.m.
Performing Arts Center
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Individual Ticket Price: $35
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You are listening to Leonard Bernstein conducting Variations on a Shaker Melody by Aaron Copland