Sting and Trudie Styler in
with David Strathairn
and musical artists Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Nathan Gunn, Natasha Paremski, Camille Zamora, and Nina Kotova
directed by John Caird
Culture Project’s Twin Spirits was a star-studded success. Sting joined his wife, actress, producer and philanthropist Trudie Styler to read from the letters between composer Robert Schumann and his wife, pianist Clara Wieck, narrated by David Strathairn. The couple’s tragic love story was illustrated and interwoven with music composed by Robert – whose spirit was embodied by pianist Jeremy Denk, baritone Nathan Gunn and violinist Joshua Bell – and by Clara, evoked by pianist Natasha Paremski, soprano Camille Zamora, and cellist Nina Kotova.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a short speech following the event, capped off by a champagne reception in the lobby at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The show was broadcast live on Sirius XM Pops, and will be re-broadcast several times throughout the month. A portion of the concert proceeds benefited Music Unites, dedicated to music education for underprivileged children in underfunded inner-city school systems.
Read the New York Times review.