Next up, I get to be part of a wonderful theatrical and musical experience reprising my Falstaff Award Nominated role of Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as well as Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing) for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre alongside the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra in SYMPHONIC SHAKESPEARE at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for their Summer Residency.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2nd, 2PM
TICKETS are available online from SPAC here.
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs NY 12866
Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead a “Symphonic Shakespeare” program of popular orchestral music set to Shakespeare’s most illustrious works. Pieces by Tchaikovsky, Walton, Berlioz, and Mendelssohn will underscore excerpts performed by guest actors of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It.
- Pre-Performance Talk, 1pm – see below for details
- The Philadelphia Orchestra, 2pm
Walton Selections from As You Like It
Berlioz Overture to Beatrice and Benedict
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
Mendelssohn Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
30 minute talk with Carmen Khan, Artistic/Executive Director, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
- Berlioz’ Beatrice and Benedict was the result of a commission from a casino owner residing in the small German spa town of Baden-Baden, which aided in the realization of Berlioz’ nearly 30 yearlong desire to create a Shakespearean opera.
- Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream was originally composed as an overture to the Shakespearean play when the composer was just 17 years old for a performance at home, where he played it as a piano duet with his sister, Fanny.
- Years later, toward the end of his career, Mendelssohn composed the incidental music to succeed the overture. This music includes the famous “Wedding March,” which became customary to hear accompanying brides down aisles ever since Queen Victoria had it played during Princess Victoria’s wedding to Prince William of Prussia in 1858.
Read more here:
- Berlioz Meets Bard In Beatrice And Benedict: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105621750
- Marin Alsop’s Guide To Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2014/05/23/315246245/marin-alsops-guide-to-mendelssohns-a-midsummer-nights-dream