LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas School of Music presents Paul Laird, professor of musicology, in a lecture/concert marking the publication of his latest book “The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond.” The lecture/concert will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2 in the Robert Baustian Theatre (formerly the Black Box Theatre). The event is free and open to the public.
“The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz” is Laird’s sixth book and the result of extensive interviews with Schwartz himself and a number of his collaborators, archival research, and analysis of music and other primary sources. The book was published by Rowman and Littlefield.
Laird will present an overview of Schwartz’s work in the musical theater, including background information on several songs that will be sung by voice students from the School of Music. The singers include: Juan Gonzalez, Caitlin Laird, John Meyer and Elaina Smith. The collaborative pianists on the program include Baker Purdon and Kyle Naig, both undergraduate students in the School of Music. Baker Purdon will also serve as music director for the program.
For more about Paul Laird: https://music.ku.edu/paul-laird
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.
KU School of Music