Ives Concert Park to host Linda Eder Master Class Concert Series
DANBURY, CONN. — There may be a hint of autumn in the air, but thesummer concert season at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus will heat up in a spectacular way at the end of August with a performance and master class by Broadway superstar Linda Eder.
On Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, Eder will conduct a Master Class on Vocal Performance at 1 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. During the class, Eder will guide students through intensive vocal technique and discovering the natural voice in an informal, audit-style format. Participants will include WCSU and area high school music students; participants must be 16 or older. The fee to attend is $45 and class space is limited. For student reservations, call (203) 837-9226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the general public, go to http://iveslindaeder.eventbrite.com.
The following night, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, Eder will perform at 7 p.m. at Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Tickets will be $100 for a VIP experience that includes a meet-and-greet, wine and cheese post-concert reception with Eder; $45 for adult general admission and $25 for student general admission. Reservations are available at http://iveslindaeder.eventbrite.com.
Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. As the tragic character Lucy in the Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde” by composer Frank Wildhorn, Eder blew the roof off New York’s Plymouth Theatre each night as she belted out the show’s signature songs, “Someone Like You” and “A New Life.” Her Broadway debut, for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination, sent her already rapidly rising star blazing across the sky, securing her spot as one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic live performers. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “What do we mean when we use the word perfection? The question arises every time I watch the pop singer Linda Eder.”
Most recently, Eder crowned her two-decade recording career with a new album, “Now,” which reunited Eder with Wildhorn. The new release marked the musical return of this legendary team after six years. Eder’s transcendent voice is the perfect complement to Wildhorn’s lush, imaginative music.
Born in Tucson, Ariz., and raised in Brainerd, Minn., Eder began her career singing in her home state and eventually landed a gig at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City. But it was her appearances on the 1987 season of “Star Search,” where she won for an unprecedented 12 weeks, that attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike.
Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established her niche as America’s most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with 14 solo albums and 12 musical recordings.
The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds and venues across the country and throughout Europe. Her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS. Eder has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap and the Ravinia Festival. Always touring in good company, her collaborations include the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Tony-winner Michael Feinstein and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Eder’s Danbury performance and master class are sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Danbury.
Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.