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2 has your ticket for “Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin – A Play with Music​” at Writers Theater

CHICAGO (CBS) — At Writers Theatre, a one-man show takes the audience into the heart of one of the most prolific piano composers.

On 2’s Got Your Ticket, CBS 2 Entertainment Reporter Vince Gerasole spoke with an actor, a Chicago favorite, who brings Chopin to life in “Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin – A Play with Music.”

Hershey Felder is back and this time explores the life of Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.

The year is 1848 and Felder, who wrote the book for the play with music, welcomes the audience to a revelatory evening in Chopin’s salon in Paris.

Fortunately for Chicago audiences, this is familiar territory for Felder, who has similarly brought to life complex musicians from Gershwin to Bernstein.

Felder is a versatile artist. In Italy, where he lives, he recently produced several films that spotlighted musical greats.

“I think Chopin is called the ‘poet of the piano’ because of his ability to create and evoke a certain sensitivity with the music and the harmony. His approach to the color of sound is also very delicate and very beautiful Felder said.

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He added that Chopin was not a show-off with the instrument.

“There was a sensibility that actually illuminated in the audience a very deep sense of poetry,” Felder said.

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At Writers Theatre, a one-man show takes the audience into the heart of one of the most prolific piano composers. On 2’s Got Your Ticket, CBS 2 Entertainment Reporter Vince Gerasole spoke with an actor, a Chicago favorite, who brings Chopin to life in “Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin – A Play with Music.”

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How does Felder feel when he plays Chopin’s music?

“Sometimes the feeling is panic. Because you have to make sure you do what needs to be done,” Felder said. “So when you talk about the feeling that I feel specifically, it is a responsibility to convey to the audience the poetry that is Chopin’s music.”

What emotional influence does Chopin’s music have on Felder?

“After playing, I am amazed at the progress Chopin has made in music. As many people said before me, I always think of him as the 20th century composer, now 21st century composer, who in the 19th century the water is standing. He was so advanced, and he created music that was so ahead of its time, inventions and harmonies, that he really brought the music as it was into the next century,” Felder said.

Through May 12, spend an evening with “Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin – A Play with Music.” Writers Theater has details on tickets.

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