Performances to Combine Shakespeare’s Play with Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music
HARTFORD, January 3, 2014- Led by Hartford Symphony Orchestra Music Director Carolyn Kuan and Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, the HSO and Hartford Stage will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday, January 9 – Sunday, January 12, 2014 at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. The collaborative production of William Shakespeare’s timeless play with Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved incidental music will include performances by the 55 voices of Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, as well as soprano soloist Amanda Hall and mezzo-soprano soloist Jamilyn Manning-White.
A magical story of fairies, magic, and love set at a royal wedding, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of his most beloved and popular plays. Composer Felix Mendelssohn composed incidental music to accompany the play in 1842, including the “Wedding March,” which is played at the conclusion of most modern weddings. For this collaborative production, the orchestra and 55-voice choir will be onstage with the 18 actors from the Hartford Stage.
The cast for A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes Grant Goodman, Celeste Ciulla, Michael Preston, Kaliswa Brewster, Timothy Longo, Jacob Grannon, Kate Maccluggage, Curtis Billings, Jimmy Bain, Maxwell Williams, James Will Mcbride, Tom Foran, Andrew Patrick Mazer, Madison Obery, Emmaline Riley, Kristen Fitzpatrick, Lexi Alioto, and Ankit Roy.
Darko Tresnjak says, “This year is Hartford Stage’s 50th Anniversary and Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary. I can’t think of a better way to mark both occasions than with this collaboration. Shakespeare most likely wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed on the occasion of a noble marriage, which makes it perfect for our celebration…I hope [this] will be the first of many such collaborations.”
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PHOTOS attached of Music Director Carolyn Kuan and Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak.
HSO MASTERWORKS SERIES: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Kuan, conductor and HSO music director; Darko Tresnjak, stage director and Hartford Stage artistic director; Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, chorus – Gabriel Löfvall, artistic director; Amanda Hall, soprano; Jamilyn Manning-White, mezzo-soprano; Blair Gulledge and Elinor Watts, costume designers; Theresa Stark, stage manager
Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 10, 2014 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 – 3:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-concert chat led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to each performance.
Belding Theater – The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$67.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, January 11, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sponsored by LeGrand. The 2013-2014 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support by Bank of America, BNY Mellon, The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company, Hartford Hospital, and the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.