Classical Music/Theatre Hybrid Finds An Audience

“While classical musical organizations increasingly struggle to draw people into the concert hall, and Broadway has more or less resigned itself to being a purveyor of ‘products’ that happen to be musicals, Hershey Felder has developed a hybrid form. He is one of those rare performers who can hold an audience in rapt silence while playing the most intimate Chopin nocturne or prelude, and then bring that same audience together to sing ‘I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,’ the 1940s standard whose melody is based on Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu in C# Minor.”