“Finding treasures where I least expect to and turning them into a representation of who I am makes my clothes all that more special”
Miranda Potmesil 2 p.m., May 16
Hershey Felder has made a career of portraying some of the greatest composers in history. His latest is a reworking of a 2008 show about Beethoven, told from the perspective of a friend and admirer. We don't get a straight biography, but rather fragments and stories about the composer's unhappy childhood, family squabbles, and his descent into cantankerousness and isolation. Felder also illuminates some of the composer's most famous works, including "Moonlight Sonata" (given the "Moonlight" moniker by a poetic sycophant), and Symphony #5 (its violent hammering -- da-da-da-dum! -- inspired by woodpeckers). Seated at a grand piano amid a graveyard scene featuring Beethoven's tombstone, Felder serves not only as a masterful storyteller but also an adept pianist, bringing immense delicacy and emotion to works like "Sonata Pathetique," "Fur Elise," "Ode to Joy," and others.Critic's Pick.
— Review by Jennifer Chung Klam