Holocaust-Themed One-Woman Show Sunday, November 9

The John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center presents “An Evening with Madame F”, a musical drama by Claudia Stevens, visiting scholar/artist at the College of William and Mary. The performance will take place November 9, at 3 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium of Roberts Hall.

Adopting the persona of an elderly concentration camp musician who had performed at Auschwitz, Stevens uses music actually played and sung by women inmates there, as well as first-hand accounts, to depict the physical struggle and ethical dilemma of those who survived through musical performance. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, she also meditates on the issue of treating the Holocaust as the subject for artistic expression.

One of the most honored Holocaust -related performances, “An Evening with Madame F” was produced for television broadcast by PBS affiliates WCVE and WHTJ. It has been seen in nearly 100 U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C., as well as presented by many leading academic institutions across the nation.

Trained as a pianist, musicologist, conductor and composer, Claudia Stevens holds degrees in music from Vassar College and the University of California at Berkeley and a doctor of musical arts in piano from Boston University.  Her academic positions include Williams College and the College of William and Mary (as associate professor of piano, adjunct until 2007, and recently appointed visiting scholar until 2010).  As a composers’ pianist in the 1980s she was associated with Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions and Elliott Carter, and was the featured artist on several “Performance Today” on NPR broadcasts. The Aaron Copland House in New York and several other libraries now house collections devoted to her projects in new music advocacy. Her work has been supported by grants from the International Theater Institute and from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (every year from 1994 to 2005) and a “New Forms” grant from the NEA. Her residencies include the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Baltimore Theater Project, and RS9 Szinhaz in Budapest.

“An Evening with Madame F” is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Emily Carey Cronin, Associate Director of the Hurford Humanities Center, at (610) 896-1336 or ecronin@haverford.edu.

Sponsored by a generous grant from The Leaves of Grass Foundation.