Stephen Schwartz is one of the most successful composers in Broadway history. With credits that include Godspell, Pippin, Wicked, and more, his music has earned him a cornucopia of impressive accolades and awards.
Although, 1991's Children of Eden was not a commercial success, it went on to become something of a cult favorite among theater companies. Loosely based on the Book of Genesis, the story begins with Creation and initially focuses on Adam, Eve, and their descendants.
Act II takes us several generations into the future, where Noah and his family build the Ark that allows them to survive into the post-diluvian world.
Join Professor Gil Harel as we dive into the score of this overlooked and underappreciated musical. Teeming with lyrical melodies and anthemic choruses, Children of Eden brings the story of Genesis to life with universal themes of family, maturation and hope.
About the Presenter
Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching," as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China.
Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was presented with the "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College." At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.