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World Premiere of Hershey Felder as Sergei Rachmaninoff in Anna & Sergei to be live streamed on Sunday, May 16
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:35 pm EDT 04/08/21

World Premiere of
Hershey Felder
as Sergei Rachmaninoff in
Anna & Sergei
to be live streamed on Sunday, May 16

Also available on demand
through May 23

(April 8, 2021, Florence Italy) - Hershey Felder Presents - Live from Florence is pleased to announce the world premiere livestream of Hershey Felder as Sergei Rachmaninoff in Anna & Sergei, a new streaming film written by and starring virtuoso pianist/performer Hershey Felder. The production will also feature soprano and actress Ekaterina Siurina as Natalia Alexandrovna Rachmaninoff and actor and master violinist Igor Polesitsky as Dr. Golitzin, with additional casting to come.

Anna & Sergei, featuring a book by Felder and direction by Felder and Stefano DeCarli, will be live streamed at 8:00 pm Eastern / 7:00 pm Central / 6:00 pm Mountain / and 5:00 pm Pacific on Sunday, May 16, 2021, with on-demand access available through Sunday, May 23. To buy tickets ($55 per household) or for more information, visit EventBrite.com.

Taking place as a memory play in the house in which Rachmaninoff died in Beverly Hills, Anna & Sergei is the story of a very strange and little-known real-life meeting between the famed Russian composer and pianist and Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the Princess Anastasia, the sole surviving member of the Romanov Dynasty. Anna & Sergei will feature many of Rachmaninoff's most beloved melodies and music.

Felder's arts broadcasting company, Hershey Felder Presents - Live from Florence, produces high quality streaming arts programming for international audiences, both for the period while theatres remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. Since the start of the pandemic, Felder's live streams have generated over $2.6 million in sales. Felder has donated 80% of these proceeds mainly to theatres in the United States, as well as several abroad, arts organizations, schools, artists and publications that have been financially impacted by the worldwide health crisis.

Production design is by Hershey Felder. Film production and live editing is by the DeCarli Live film company. Live broadcast and sound design production are by Erik Carstensen. Historical & Biographical research by Meghan Maiya. Costumes and Hair are by Camilla Saccardi.

Video on Demand streams of earlier broadcasts - Hershey Felder, Puccini with international opera stars Nathan Gunn, Gianna Corbisiero, Charles Castronovo and Ekaterina Siurina; Hershey Felder as Sholem Aleichem in Before Fiddler featuring Klezmerata Fiorentina; Hershey Felder, Tchaikovsky; Hershey Felder as Claude Debussy in A Paris Love Story; Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone ; Hershey Felder, Beethoven; and Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and the cooking show, Cooking French in Florence with Felder and internationally renowned chef Jeff Thickman - are available for "on demand" purchase ($45 per household) at www.hersheyfelder.net.

BIOGRAPHY

Hershey Felder (Writer & Performer). Named to Time Magazine's 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals, Hershey Felder has played over 6,000 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world's most prestigious theatres, consistently breaking box office records. American Theatre Magazine has said, "Hershey Felder is in a category all his own." His shows include: George Gershwin Alone (Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, West End's Duchess Theatre); Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven; Maestro (Leonard Bernstein); Franz Liszt in Musik; Lincoln: An American Story; Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin ; Our Great Tchaikovsky; and A Paris Love Story. His compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. Hershey is the adaptor, director and designer for the internationally performed play-with-music The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Steinway artist Mona Golabek; producer and designer for the musical Louis and Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara, directed by Taylor Hackford; and writer and director for Flying Solo, featuring opera legend Nathan Gunn. Hershey has operated a full-service production company since 2001, and in 2020 created a new brand, Live from Florence, that operates a "theatre at home broadcast company," based in Florence, Italy. Previous broadcasts have included Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin; Hershey Felder, Beethoven; Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone; Hershey Felder as Claude Debussy in A Paris Love Story; Hershey Felder, Tchaikovsky; Hershey Felder as Sholem Aleichem in Before Fiddler; Hershey Felder, Puccini; Hershey Felder, Backstory - The Story Behind the Creation of Berlin, Gershwin & Bernstein; andCooking French in Florence with Jeff Thickman & Hershey Felder. Hershey has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University's Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

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