On Sunday, April 29th the premiere of pianist Judith Lynn Stillman’s multimedia play-within-a-concert, BEETHOVEN: Torment and Triumph, comes to Rhode Island. Featuring Tony Estrella, the Gamm Theater’s Artistic Director, as Beethoven and four of his contemporaries, the program brings Ludwig van Beethoven’s words to life deepening our understanding of both the man and his music. This innovative intersection of music and theater includes some of Beethoven’s most monumental chamber music and piano works, interpreted on stage by principal members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Stillman.
This is a unique collaboration of consummate artists, presented jointly by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Rhode Island College. Stillman’s script illuminates and contextualizes the music, twining together Beethoven’, Franz Liszt’s and Carl Czerny’s letters, journals and reminiscences.
Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist and composer, who has been hailed as an "artistic visionary," is the Artist-in-Residence and a Professor of Music at Rhode Island College. She has performed throughout the world, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Grand Teton Festival. She has been a visiting guest artist at major conservatories in China, Russia, and the Czech Republic, and Wynton Marsalis’s duet partner on SONY. Winner of 18 piano competitions and a Pell Award in the Arts, Stillman holds Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. She has also won numerous awards in the US and Canada as a filmmaker.
Tony Estrella has been artistic director of The Gamm Theatre since 2002 and has produced more than 65 plays for the company. He began working with The Gamm as an actor in 1996, appeared in more than 30 productions, and directed over 20 shows. Under his leadership, The Gamm has received numerous awards. Estrella is on the theatre faculty at the University of Rhode Island.