The Lake of Sorrows now playing at the NY Summerfest is a collaborative trio... This is Mr. Hardy’s second collaboration with Mr. Thomalen and Ms. Andresakis, having worked with them previously on The Pearl Diver.
Why theater?: I found my love for theatre during my first undergraduate year at SUNY Purchase. The senior acting company, 12’, was looking for a violinist that could act and play two characters in their production of Chekov’s Three Sisters.
The story comes culled from Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and is presented by a brilliant ensemble company of actors, actor/puppeteers, a violinist, and Japanese Bunraku-style puppets. (The terrific music is by Edward W. Hardy, with lyrics by Jennifer Loring.)
While the puppetry and the theater wizardry are in full effect throughout the performance, it is Edward W. Hardy who shines brighter than any pair of silver shoes. The composer-violinist manifested a minimalist score all-pervading within the totality of the show; each note adds subtext or tension to every moment...
Edward Wellington Hardy, a student at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, and a student of Daniel Phillips (well known to fans of Spoleto festival's chamber music series), tackled "Summer" with vigor, control and expressiveness
Close your eyes, and imagine a stage with a spotlight shining on a lone violin player. All at once, you come to the realization that the sweet singing of the violin is doing more than sending melodic waves to the audience, it is telling a story.