Sondheim at Bowdoin: Mentors, Music and Making the Most Out of the Least

Sondheim shares a warm moment.

A group of Bowdoin theater and music students had the opportunity to meet privately with Stephen Sondheim prior to his enthralling public interview at a packed Pickard Theater on Tuesday.

The legendary composer described the importance of mentors in his young life — including Oscar Hammerstein II, whom he considered a surrogate father.

“It’s a lot more likely that you will have that one-to-one quality in an atmosphere like this,” he told Bowdoin students. “There will be a relationship that you will have with your teacher and that’s all-important.”

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