Special Event
Sunday, November 22, 2020; 5pm Pacific / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern. Tickets $55 per household (Includes extended viewing access of the recording through Sunday, November 29th)

Hershey Felder as Claude Debussy A PARIS LOVE STORY


Background Information

About the Production

A PARIS LOVE STORY is a very personal journey through the beloved city of Paris through the music of Claude Debussy (“Clair de Lune,” Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune …) and how this music shaped a whole new world of color in sound. This new world of “musical impressionism” gave us the beginnings of what we have come to know as “Movie Music.”

Footage shot during rehearsals for “Hershey Felder as Debussy: A Paris Love Story” in Florence, Italy, on November 12, 2020 / ph. @marcobadiani for The Florentine


VIDEO DESCRIPTION: A lady is dressed in nineteenth-century garb as we walk into the farmhouse where “memory sequences” are being filmed between wooden beams and terracotta tiles. Hershey Felder’s latest online-only performance, A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of Claude Debussy, recalls deeply personal memories of the performer losing his mother at a young age and his discovery of Debussy’s music, balanced with bawdy tales of the French composer’s amorous conquests. The show will be broadcast live from Florence on November 22.
On set in Felder’s home in the Tuscan hills, the mood is jovial. The composer’s first love Marie Vasnier is played by his neighbor Anki (“I just call the neighbors and make a movie!” exclaims Hershey), the dress she’s wearing comes from the Tedavi production house in Florence, and the crew is all-Italian. It’s a slow process of retakes, playback and adjustment for scenes that will be interspersed throughout the live performance. In between scenes, we chat about the state of the world and the barbecued ribs Hershey’s somehow found the time to make for a crew of ten for lunch, keeping away from the window to allow in the autumnal light, moving coats and bags, and staying schtum as soon as the director announces “Motore!” (the Italian instruction to turn on the camera) and “Ciak!” (action!). Watching, waiting and preparing, everyone except the performers is wearing a mask and is keenly and respectfully aware of the others around them.

There won’t be a dry eye in the house, wherever you’re tuning in from around the world, when Hershey performs the soulful “Clair de Lune” before taking us on an upbeat and sentimental journey around Paris in the 1800s.

Claude Debussy (born Achille-Claude Debussy) was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His mature compositions, distinctive and appealing, combined modernism and sensuality so successfully that their sheer beauty often obscures their technical innovation. Debussy is considered the founder and leading exponent of musical Impressionism (although he resisted the label), and his adoption of non-traditional scales and tonal structures was paradigmatic for many composers who followed.

Streaming Information
Tickets are not transferable and cannot be shared. You may purchase tickets as a gift for friends and family. To do so, 1) make a separate purchase for each household and provide a different name and email address associated with that viewing household or 2) if you purchase multiple tickets in one order, please email The Box Office (boxoffice@etcsb.org) the email addresses you wish the viewing link to be sent to.

Purchase includes the live stream performance and A WEEK of extended “on-demand” viewing access to the recording of the live stream performance (available one-hour after the performance ends). The live stream can be viewed on computers, iPads, iPhones and Smart TVs.

Your live stream link will be sent to you on Friday, November 20, via the email you used to register for this event. If you do not see the email by noon (PDT) on September 20, check your spam folder.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this a family-friendly event? Yes, this is a family-friendly event.
  • What if I experience technical difficulties or am unable to view the LIVE STREAM? We are not responsible for technical difficulties on your home devices or any issues with your local broadband or wifi. However, there is online support available to help you as best we can. Contact events@hersheyfelderpresents.com for online support.
  • What if the LIVE STREAM buffers while I am watching? Don’t worry – you can watch what you missed in the recording later. The recording will be available to you for a full week after the event. For troubleshooting tips click HERE.
  • What if the audio is out of sync? For troubleshooting tips, click HERE.
  • What’s the refund policy? There are no refunds for this event.
  • Additional “How To Watch” Instructions can be found HERE.


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