Berkshire Theatre Group joins in Felder-Beethoven live streaming event

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The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Theatre Group is among 13 not-for-profit theaters nationwide participating in a fund-raising performance of "Hershey Felder: Beethoven," streaming live from Florence, Italy, 8 p.m., July 12.

Tickets are $55 per household, with 50 percent of proceeds benefiting BTG. Patrons will be able to stream on a smart TV, computer, smartphone or tablet.

Once purchase is confirmed, patrons will receive a confirmation email, followed by a reminder email on the day prior to the event, with a viewing link and detailed instructions for viewing on their device. Viewing will be available for an additional 72 hours post live performance.

Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite — — or online at

"Hershey Felder: Beethoven" is the pianist-actor-playwright's dramatization of Dr. Gerhard von Breuning's factual memoir, "Aus dem Schwarzspanierhaus (Out of the House of Black-Robed Spaniards)." Felder examines Beethoven's life through the eyes of the Viennese doctor, who spent his boyhood by the composer's side.

Felder's other shows include "George Gershwin Alone"; "Monsieur Chopin"; "Maestro (Leonard Bernstein)"; "Franz Liszt in Musik"; "Lincoln: An American Story"; "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin"; "Our Great Tchaikovsky"; and "A Paris Love Story." He has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University's Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

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In honor of Beethoven's 250th birth year, Felder has created the Hershey Felder Presents Arts Prize Competition. This $25,000 prize will be awarded to one of five artist finalists submitting "anything Beethoven" as inspiration for their video presentation. The five finalists will be presented at the completion of "Hershey Felder: Beethoven." Viewers will be eligible to vote, with the winner announced one hour after the completion of voting. No registration fee or purchase necessary to enter competition. Parental consent is required for anyone under 19. Registration ends July 6. Submissions must be uploaded by July 7, subject to live "Voting Period" on July 12. The competition is open to U.S. legal residents who are 13 years of age or older at time of entry. Complete information and official rules are available at

Other theaters benefiting from the live streaming event are:

- The Wallis, Beverly Hills, Calif.

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- Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, Calif.

- TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, Calif.

- San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego, Calif.

- Berkely Rep, Berkely, Calif.

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- Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Il.

- Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.

- Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

- 59E59 Theaters, New York, N.Y.

- Lyric Chamber Music Society, New York, N.Y.

- Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pa.

- Seattle Rep, Seattle, Wash.


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