Twin Spirits is a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between composer Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara Wieck. The performance featured Sting and Styler reading from letters between Robert and Clara while their story was interwoven with music composed by Robert – whose spirit will be embodied by violin, baritone Scott Hendricks and pianist Jonathan Kelly – and by Clara, who is evoked by pianist Natasha Paremski, cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio and soprano Camille Zamora. The show also featured John Lithgow as narrator.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be used to support the ongoing work of Culture Project, the Royal Opera House and Mustardseed Arts Trust. Culture Project is dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by creating and supporting artistic work that amplifies marginalized voices. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artists, Culture Project aims to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time.
Called “strikingly beautiful” by The New York Times, Twin Spirits was first performed in 2005, and was recorded before a small audience at London’s Royal Opera House in 2007 before its release on the Opus Arte label in 2009. Since then, performances have been held at Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, and Cortona’s Tuscan Sun Festival. Culture Project produced the most recent U.S. performance of Twin Spirits at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on June 30, 2010 and will now present Twin Spirits in Los Angeles for its West Coast debut.
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