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Classical 101

Interview With Choreographer Matt Williams

I have now officially seen it all. Do you know Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the piece that’s used to conjure vampires and other spookiness on t.v. and in movies?  Here is a link to some video of two FAO Schwarz Piano Dancers performing Bach’s D minor Toccata on the big piano (I dare not say "grand" piano) at New York City's FAO Schwarz, the one of Tom Hanks fame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1wis8dQ-Eg If you'd like to to know more (and yes, you would), I also had a chance to chat with the piano dancers' choreographer, Matt Williams.  Williams, 35, is a New York City-based choreographerwho has many credits to his name, including choreographer Will Ferrell's one-man Broadway show You're Welcome America. Check out my interview with Williams, in which you can hear him talk about how he landed the gig as the piano dancers' choreographer, how he thinks about his works as the troupe's choreographer, and what the dancers do to stay on their toes with a large repertory: http://www.wosu.org/audio/classical/2009/matt_williams_interview.mp3

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.