The Splendid Splinter
Composer: Stanley Silverman
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: Music-Theatre Group
Description: Inspired by a short story by John Updike, THE SPLENDID SPLINTER treats the moving story of baseball legend Ted Williams and his world. The piece is set against the backdrop of the Salvation Army (Williams' mother was a Salvation Army worker); World War II and the Korean conflict (a marine aviator in both wars, Williams overcame his negative reaction to his induction and became a war hero); the civil rights movement (his Hall of Fame acceptance speech shocked the nation), and, of course, baseball's canvas.
Musical Style: The music will be Ivesian. An American surrealistic piece sounding at once like Salvation Army music moving into animated jazzy workout/practice music. The 1940s will be evoked by memories of swing. (The three DiMaggio brothers will be bel canto t
Contact: Diane Wondisford, Producing Director, Music-Theatre Group
Phone: 212-366-5260 Ext. 22
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