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Adam Guettel, Class Act

September 22, 2013


Adam Guettel, the Tony Award winning composer, spent three days with us at DePauw. We worked him mercilessly for the entire residency–rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings and classroom appearances filling every moment of his time.  Friday night brought an evening of his music to a standing room only audience.

Listening to Adam’s music, I have always thought nothing could make it better. I was wrong. His music can be made better by having him share how it came to be, what he was thinking when he wrote it, why he felt it important. The refreshing informality of this performance and Adam’s ability to win any audience made for an unforgettable evening. Seated on the lip of the stage, Adam introduced and watched, smiled and ultimately even performed with us in one of my favorite moments of the evening. Playing an old Martin, Adam played and sang a moving “Ballad of Floyd Collins.”  

Throughout the evening his graciousness and energy was surpassed only by the power of his music. The DePauw students were simply stellar in  performances recently polished to perfection in individual sessions with the composer himself. It was a joy to watch and hear. A proud day for DePauw.

Adam Guettel, class act. We are all richer for his time with us.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2013 9:02 pm

    Such a talented, incredible artist with a great heart—so inspiring. Truly one of the most exciting experiences ever!!! Congrats to all of the DPU vocalists who knocked it out of the park!

  2. Kerry Jennings permalink
    September 24, 2013 8:35 am

    Amazing generosity and talent! Without a doubt, one of the most positive and moving experiences these students could have. Same goes for us and the audiences as well, I am sure!

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