BarbaraHarbach612Selections from Barbara Harbach’s Booth! – The Musical will be performed by the Gateway Festival Orchestra, Dr. James Richards conducting, on Sunday, July 27 – 7:30 PM at Washington University’s Brookings Quadrangle, One Brookings Drive (corner of Skinker and Forsyth Boulevards) in St. Louis. Missouri as part of Notes to Munch On.

Selections will be Overture, Cast in Perfect Love and Edwin’s Soliloquy.

Booth! – The Musical is an examination of the life of 19th-Century maverick actor Edwin Booth, told from the perspective of his daughter, Edwina. Undoubtedly, the infamous assassination of Abraham Lincoln by his brother, John Wilkes, plays a major part in shaping and influencing Edwina’s exploration of the life of her father. Engulfed in this reflection, the show is a musical voyage into the sometimes disturbing relationships that defined Edwin as son, husband, father, brother and actor.

The program features Jane Jennings, soprano and Keith Boyer, tenor and also includes selections from South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Gypsy and Oklahoma, among others.

The June 27 concert is free and open to the public, with lawn seating. For more information, call 314-569-0371 or visit http://gatewayfestivalorchestra.org/.

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s critically acclaimed Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Orchestral Music, Volume 1 (MS1252) with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestral Music, Volume 2 (MS1519), again with the London Philharmonic. The latter CD, conducted by David Angus, is the ninth in a series that showcases World Premiere Recordings of Barbara Harbach’s compositions. For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit http://www.msrcd.com/. Her website is at http://www.barbaraharbach.com/.

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