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SCHENECTADY — Comedic actor Bill Murray is notoriously difficult to cast for movies and live shows. A few years ago he replaced his agent with a lawyer and a 1-800 number. Nonetheless, Proctors called the former Ghostbuster, and he’s coming to town on Monday, April 9.
A program that showcases the core of the American values in literature and music. A show that communicates the bridges that artists have built between America and Eurpoe. It will be a night of literature and music, as Murray tours along with cellist Jan Vogler as part of the New Worlds tour.
Murray launched into stardom in the 1970s as part of the original Saturday Night Live television cast that also featured Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Later, he would earn success in Hollywood with starring roles in “Stripes,” “Caddyshack” and “Ghostbusters.”
Vogler is a classically trained cellist born in East Berlin. He was named the principal cello position of the Staatskapelle Dresden at the age of 20. He holds the distinction of having been the youngest to do so in the orchestra’s 400-year history.
Murray and Vogler became friends shortly after the musican moved to New York City with his wife, violinist Mira Wang, and their town children. Curious about each other’s artistic world and interests, the actor and the cellist soon had the idea to work together on a project.
The evening will feature music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, words by Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman and more. Each with some of the strongest voices that influenced generations of humans in America and gave the world a picture of the charm, energy and creative force of the New World.
The Hollywood star’s love for classical music is young and his art of language boundless. All the more reason to look forward to a fascinating encounter between great music and great literature featuring two masters of their art.
The show will feature Wang at violin and Vanessa Perez at piano.
Tickets are on sale now at proctors.org or by phone at (518) 346-6204.
Proctors is located at 432 State St. in Schenectady.