March 23, 2023

Part performance, part lecture, go deeper into the creation of some of your favorite pieces with Musicfest Informances.

Stephen Sondheim is one of the most important figures on musical theater, reinventing the American musical over the course of a six-decade-long career. From his beginnings writing lyrics for West Side Story through his work on Assassins, Passion, and Road Show, Sondheim created some of the best-known and most-beloved works of the last have of the twentieth century. We’ll enjoy works from Sondheim’s catalogue of hit musicals, with commentary and performances from ASU Director of Musical Theater Brian DeMaris and standout performers from his studio!

Today’s event is part of a four-part series occuring monthly in the Community Room at Arizona Musicfest.

Stephen Sondheim – “Send in the Clowns,” from Company

Stephen Sondheim – “Move On,” from Sunday in the Park with George

Led By

Brian DeMaris

Brian DeMaris

Equally at home in opera and musical theatre, and involved with the development of over two dozen new works, Brian DeMaris has established a national reputation as a performer and pedagogue in a wide range of repertoire. He has worked with New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Anchorage Opera, El Paso Opera, American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theater, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Music Saint Croix and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at the United Nations, the Aspen Music Festival, Boston’s Jordan Hall, New York’s Studio 54, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, and in recitals, competitions, and master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He is the 2nd place winner of the 2013 and 2015 American Prize in Opera and Musical Theater Conducting. Previously director of opera and musical theatre at Ithaca College and Music Director of Mill City Summer Opera, he currently serves as Artistic Director of Music Theatre and Opera at Arizona State University and Principal Conductor of the Anchorage Opera in Alaska.