Shakespeare and Purcell

Music of The Fairy Queen and Other Works

April 08 – 10, 2016
Folger Theatre


Consort Sponsors: Robert J. & Tina M. Tallaksen

Henry Purcell and William Shakespeare are a natural combination — if Shakespeare is the greatest English poet and playwright, Purcell has a plausible claim of being the greatest English composer. Shakespeare, of course, never heard Purcell’s 1692 The Fairy Queen, music for the Restoration version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has proved to be enormously appealing to audiences ever since its rediscovery in 1901. The songs, choruses, and instrumental music of this monumental piece are performed along with other memorable settings of Shakespeare by Purcell. Featuring Peter Becker, Risa Browder, Nina Falk, Joseph Gascho,Jason McStoots, John Moran, and Emily Noël.

With harpsichord, strings, and voices
Join Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein for a lively Early Music Seminar detailing the composers and the world surrounding this concert. Wine reception included. Purchase tickets here.
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