November 18–20, 2023

Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn's music accompanied by live theatrical narration of Shakespeare's poetry will transport us to Shakespeare’s fantastical world of fairies and magic spells, with puckish strings, chattering woodwinds, and brassy fanfares. Principal Guest Conductor Jun Märkl leads this enchanting work alongside Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration — an electrifying musical poem exploring the spiritual journey of passing lives.

Program

Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Mendelssohn: Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opp. 21 & 61

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Artists

Jun Märkl, Conductor
Lauren Modica-Soloway, Narrator
Judy Yannini, Soprano
Jasmine Johnson, Mezzo-Soprano
Portland State University Thorn Choir

 

This production is presented in partnership with Shakespeare's First Folio: 1623–2023, a public humanities project at Portland State University commemorating Shakespeare’s legacy. For more information, go to: Shakespeare’s First Folio: 1623-2023.

 

This concert is part of Classical Series A

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