Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2004

Pianist, Actor and Vocalist Claudia Stevens to Give Whitworth Performance
Depicting Story of Concentration-Camp Musicians

Claudia Stevens, a concert pianist, actor and classical vocalist, will depict in a Whitworth performance how inmates performed music in Nazi concentration camps so that their lives would be spared. Stevens' "An Evening with Madame F" will take place Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275. The event is being hosted by the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning through a grant given by the Lilly foundation.

Stevens draws on her background as concert pianist, actress and classical vocalist to create innovative, one-person musical theater. Arresting stories and unforgettable characters emerge from her unique combination of performance modes.

"An Evening with Madame F" depicts the struggle and ethical dilemma of Nazi concentration-camp inmates who survived by performing music for the enemy. With more than 100 national presentations, the play ranks among the most distinguished Holocaust-related public performances.

Other performances by Stevens include "A Table Before Me," about the fate of an Austrian family during the Nazi era, which incorporates Stevens' background and features theatrical and musical styles of the period. During "In the Puppeteer's Wake," Stevens explores courageous resistance and rescue missions at sea during World War II.

In "Bird Woman, the Movie" and "Lewis and Clark and Me," developed for the bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark expedition, Stevens uses original journals, letters, and Native-American oral histories to create a contemporary entertaining spin on the explorers and on Sacagawea, their legendary guide.

Since 2000 Stevens' tours have included the "Fast/Forward Series" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as series in Baltimore, New York City, Daytona Beach, Atlanta, Albany, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Boulder, and at numerous colleges and universities. She has received grants from the International Theater Institute and the Interdisciplinary Artists Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Stevens has been a resident artist at RS 9 Szinhaz, in Budapest, Hungary, as well as at the MacDowell Colony.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Michelle Seefried, program coordinator for the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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