DUNCAN SHIEK – Final Performance Tonight with SF Symphony

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The San Francisco Symphony and award winning singer and composer Duncan Sheik present the final performance tonight, Saturday, April 10th, of the world premiere of a suite of songs from the musical, Whisper House. Composed by Sheik and Kyle Jarrow. Adapted for full orchestra, the new arrangements were completed by Simon Hale and commissioned by SF Symphony. Joining him is vocalist Holly Brook and guitarist Gerry Leonard. Former SFS Resident Conductor Edwin Outwater leads the SFS Orchestra in a program that includes Poulenc’s Suite from Les Biches, ballet music from Gounod’s Faust, and Canadian composer Claude Vivier’s rarely performed work, Zipangu. Click here to purchase tickets on-line: Duncan Sheik with the SFS.

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DUNCAN SHIEK

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EDWIN OUTWATER, conductor and CLAUDE VIVIER, composer

Whisper House is the story of an 11-year-old boy, Christopher, who lives with his aunt in a haunted New England lighthouse following the death of his father. The ghosts, the vocalists of Whisper House, embody the boy’s subconscious thoughts and fears. The stage production had its world premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego in January 2010. The style of the music has been described as hybrid alternative rock and its occult plot as a psychological ghost story. Whisper House was recorded by Sony and released January 2009.

Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening enjoyed a hugely successful run at the Curran Theater in 2008. A major hit both on and off-Broadway, the production is currently touring internationally. Spring Awakening won a total of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical of 2007. It garnered Sheik two of those awards, as composer and arranger. The musical also took the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Original Score and was recognized with awards from the Dramatist Guild, Drama League, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Lucille Lortel Award. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Sheik’s 1996 self-titled debut album included “Barely Breathing,” which spent 55 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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