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2011-09-29 / Sports

Local Musician Tours Europe and Lexington

If all the world is a stage, as William Shakespeare famously said, local musician Ed Kliman has been putting the saying to the test. A longtime resident of the Lexington area, he is also the musical director for the Prague Shakespeare Festival in the Czech Republic, living and performing abroad for part of the year. “You go where the work is, my commute just happens to be a bit longer than most folks” Kliman said.

As musical director, Ed writes music for the productions, runs the music rehearsals with the actors, performs music and special effects during the show itself and frequently does radio/press interviews and publicity appearances for the show. He has held similar positions with Shakespeare Festivals in Austin and Louisville, Kentucky.

After a summer of touring that started in Houston and went on to Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, Granada, Seville, Cadiz, Venice, Paris and London, he will be performing in Lexington during the Chocolate Lovers Festival on October 15. Ed is set to appear at Angel Kisses Antiques, Fourth Street Bakery, Pizza Pro and 40 Acre Wood during the Fesitval. Ed will be playing country, rock, pop, blues and New Orleans music during his Lexington performances.

Ed can be seen in the picture at the left in a rehearsal photo taken onstage in the 10th century castle of Visyhrad in Prague. He works with an international cast that includes actors from France, England, Canada, Slovakia, Russia, the Czech Republic and the USA.

During the tour’s opening rehearsals and performances in Houston, Ed brought some guests from England and the Czech Republic to visit Lexington and had their photo taken with Kelly Brown’s cow. The visitors found Texas small town life charming during their time here and they left with fond memories and a few photographs for the folks back home.

Plans are in the works for a European and an Australian tour for next year. Ed’s favorite place? “Bohemia is beautiful, Granada is grand, but my favorite place is home with my own bed and my wife’s cooking.”

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