Stéphane Denève, conductor
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
- Pre-Performance Talk, 1pm – see below for details
- The Philadelphia Orchestra, 2pm
As part of SPAC’s new Thursday Matinee series, 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-Peformance Talk, 1pm
30 minute talk with Carmen Khan, Artistic/Executive Director, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
Pre-Performance Talks are free for performance ticket holders thanks to generous support from Siena CollegeREGISTER
You must be attending the performance following the Pre-Performance Talk to attend the talk.
- 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