Louis Durey / Sherry!
On this day in classical music: Louis Durey, the least-known member of the group of French composers known as Les Six, was born in Paris in 1888. Les Six was established in 1920. Joining Durey as members of the group were Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc and Georges Auric. As the composers gained attention for their works, their compositions took different paths. While Milhaud became known as the most prolific composer of Les Six, Poulenc arguably achieved a higher level of fame. Listen to Francoise Petit perform Durey’s “Romance Sans Paroles.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3SiEU4s96U
On this day in the musical theatre: The musical “Sherry,” which was based on Kaufman and Hart’s comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” closed in 1967 after a nine-week run. The score featured book and lyrics by James Lipton (who years later would moderate the Bravo Network’s Inside the Actor’s Studio). Listen to Bernadette Peters and Nathan Lane sing “Imagine That,” interspersed with comments by James Lipton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgh2MI6s0P8
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