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Three Mid-June 'Tempests'


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0120  Monday, 13 June 2011

From:         John F Andrews < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 10:50:00 -0600
Subject:      Three Mid-June 'Tempests'

Three Mid-June ‘Tempests’
 
On June 10-11, 2010, the FOLGER CONSORT presented two performances of a TEMPEST that had been devised and directed by actor RICHARD CLIFFORD, with music arranged and conducted by ROBERT EISENSTEIN, a co-founder of the Consort and a professor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
For background, visit www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=3572.
 
A critical and box-office success, that program is now being revived for three presentations during the week ahead. One will take place at the JUILLIARD SCHOOL in Manhattan’s LINCOLN CENTER on Monday, June 13. The others will occur at the LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in Santa Fe on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.
 
Like the original Folger Consort event in 2010, all three shows will star SIR DEREK JACOBI as Prospero. One of the most celebrated classical actors of our era, Sir Derek has recently completed an acclaimed performance in King Lear, originating at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden and concluding at BAM’s Harvey Theater in Brooklyn. Best known to most Americans for such television series as I, Claudius and Cadfael, Sir Derek recently portrayed the Archbishop of Canterbury in The King’s Speech, a film that garnered several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.   
 
What many regard as Shakespeare’s most evocative drama is usually dated circa 1610. We can only guess about when it was first offered in playhouses such as the Globe and the Blackfriars, but we do know that a private Court presentation occurred in London’s Whitehall Palace on November 1, 1611.
 
Frequently updated in revivals, THE TEMPEST has inspired a plethora of songs, tone poems, operatic treatments, and incidental music. A number of those features highlight the version to be revived this month in New York and New Mexico. Drawing upon Thomas Shadwell’s staging of the play In 1674, this adaptation resonates with settings by such composers as John Banister, George Frederick Handel, Matthew Locke, and Antonio Reggio. 
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JUILLIARD’S ‘TEMPEST’ AT LINCOLN CENTER
MONDAY, JUNE at 7:00 p.m. 
155 West 65th Street, Manhattan
 
For Benefit Tickets ($75-$125), call (212) 799-5000, ext. 329
 
For Balcony Tickets ($50), call (212) 721-6500

In addition to Sir Derek Jacobi, the Juilliard TEMPEST will feature Richard Clifford and Monica Raymund in speaking parts. Its principal singing roles will be performed by countertenor David Daniels and baritone Bob McDonald, both of whom were in the original Folger Consort cast in June of 2010. For those who can’t attend but wish to hear this vibrant concert, it will be webcast live at 7:00 Eastern time over www.wqxr.org. Visit www.juilliard.edu for more information about the casting.
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A SPECIAL TIERRA-NUEVA ‘TEMPEST’ FOR SANTA FE
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, at 7:30 p.m.; SUNDAY, JUNE 19, at 4:00 p.m. 
LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 225 San Francisco, Santa Fe
 
For Tickets ($20-$50), call (505) 988-1234 or visit www.lensic.org
 
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, and the 80th anniversary of the beautiful theater that opened on that site in 1931, these two performances that will also mark a pair of other milestones: the 400th anniversary of the 1611 Whitehall presentation of THE TEMPEST, and the quarter-centenary of a new-world capital that was being founded at the same time that Shakespeare and his companions were introducing one of their most evocative dramas to London audiences. Sir Derek Jacobi will play Prospero in a concert that will feature mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski, baritone David Farwig, and the SANTA FE PRO MUSICA ensemble under the direction of Tom O’Connor. The Guild’s John Andrews will host a 20-minute discussion with Richard Clifford and Sir Derek Jacobi immediately after the Saturday night presentation.  
    
See the SHAKESPEARE GUILD Current Events page for details about the Santa Fe Tempest.
 
John F. Andrews
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
www.shakesguild.org    

 

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