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Highly Inventive

Music by Stephen Foster,
reviewed by KELLY FERJUTZ


In many ways, Stephen Collins Foster was America's Franz Schubert. Each died too young -- Foster at thirty seven, Schubert at thirty one -- but songs literally tumbled out of each of them at a prodigious rate. To the best of our knowledge, Foster didn't write any other types of music as Schubert did, but then, Foster mostly wrote his own lyrics. I daresay not any child growing up in America left elementary school without singing at least one of Foster's songs -- at least up until twenty or so years ago. There are more than two hundred of them, so the choice is wide...

Copyright © 1 May 2010 Kelly Ferjutz,
Cleveland USA


Beautiful Dreamers - a joint production of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre continues at the Charity Randall Theater in the Stephen Foster Memorial, Pittsburgh, USA, until 1 May 2010. Call +1 412 561 6000 or visit for information.



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