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A Touch of ‘Hamilton’ at AFS

Nik Walker and Ian Weinberger, company members of the hit Broadway play “Hamilton,” will be the featured performers for this year’s Marshall Concert.

The performance for Upper School and some Middle School students will take place during the school day on Tuesday, November 14, in the Muller Auditorium. The musical artists also will teach a master class for students as part of their visit. The annual concert is held in memory of Diana Parks Marshall ’61 and Virda Parks Marshall.

Previous to his role in “Hamilton,” Nik appeared in “Motown the Musical,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and on T.V. in “Law and Order SVU.”

Ian, a music director, was recently featured in an article in the Northwestern University alumni magazine that told of a very understandable moment of panic when he made his debut as conductor of “Hamilton” on Broadway.

Here’s how the magazine described what happened:

It was Sept. 27, 2015, and Ian Weinberger was about to conduct “Hamilton” on Broadway for the first time. ‘For two months, I’d been conducting imaginary performances of Hamilton in my living room,’ says Weinberger ’09, then a rehearsal pianist for the show. ‘That’s all I had in terms of practice.’ At 45 minutes to curtain, Weinberger’s boss, music director Alex Lacamoire, told him there was a famous person in the audience — Michelle Obama. Weinberger said he ‘died a thousand deaths’ between that moment and the beginning of the show, especially during the two minutes of pitch-black silence as the Secret Service escorted the First Lady to her seat.

“The show went off without a hitch,” the article said.

The Marshall Concert is not open to the public.

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