Hammerstein headlines Music Theatre Symposium

Renowned music theatre expert, Oscar Hammerstein III, will deliver the keynote at next Monday’s Music Theatre Symposium at the Victorian College of the Arts.

By Alix Bromley

Oscar Hammerstein III, the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame. is a distinguished author and Adjunct Professor at New York’s Columbia University.

The day-long symposium will examine the phenomenon of Rodgers and Hammerstein and will include performances by VCA music theatre students and graduates. It’s the first event organised by the University of Melbourne’s new Australian Centre for Music Theatre Research and Development, located within the Faculty of VCA and MCM.

The Symposium will also explore the gold standard of music theatre; the circumstances that led to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s unique creative approach; the social issues they raised; and their contribution to the development of transnational culture in Music Theatre.

Centre director Associate Professor Peter Wyllie Johnston will also present at the symposium alongside librettist Peter Fitzpatrick, composer Peter Pinne, author Frank Van Straten OAM, musical director Ian Nisbet,  Global President of Rodgers and Hammerstein Ted Chapin and director Matthew Lockett. The Symposium is the first of what is planned to be an annual event.

Mr Oscar Andy Hammerstein III
Mr Oscar Andy Hammerstein III