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Season Finale: Candlelit Baroque

Sunday, Aug 23, 2015, 6:00pm


6:00PM Gala Reception and 7:30PM Season Finale

Designed and Directed by Los-Angeles-based director, production designer, and visual artist James Darrah.

An incandescent evening of gorgeous music that spirits an odyssey through the underworld of our closing night; an underworld colored by passion, beauty, revenge, destruction and dreamlike transcendence. Our journey together begins with a gala reception in the house at Brewster Point, with soprano Marnie Breckenridge and theorbo player, Timothy Burris who will lead the audience to the barn.

  • Doulgas Williams, bass-baritone
  • Marnie Breckenridge, soprano
  • Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord
  • Anna Elashvili, violin
  • Nicholas Tavani, violin
  • Rachel Shapiro, violin
  • John Marcus, violin
  • Nathan Schram, viola
  • Gregory Luce, viola
  • Jeffrey Zeigler, cello
  • Claire Bryant, cello
  • Alan Richardson, cello
  • Kris Saebo, double bass
  • Julietta Curenton, flute
  • Kathleen McNerney, oboe
  • Barry Saunders, soprano saxophone
  • Timothy Burris, theorbo
  • Gerald Steichen, musical direction
  • VIVALDI Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
  • J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
  • JONATHAN DOVE L’Altra Euridice

The US premiere of British composer Jonathan Dove’s one act opera performed by the acclaimed baritone Douglas Williams to a text by Italo Calvino. Calvino inverts the Orpheus myth; the ‘other Euridice’ of the title is Pluto’s consort, Persephone, lured to earth from the underworld by Orpheus’s spellbinding music, leaving Pluto to deliver a passionate harangue to the audience about the treachery of ‘the world outside.’ Taking the form of a Baroque cantata, the opera for solo baritone is accompanied by strings and harpsichord, while offstage woodwind picks out the distant voices of Orpheus and Euridice.

"Not since Benjamin Britten has a British composer succeeded in writing operas which communicate with such clarity and coherence to their audience as those by Jonathan Dove."–The Gramophone

"Mr. Williams unleashed the full power of his clear and incisive tone…superbly on his own terms."–The New York Times

Artists Online:

Wendy C. H. Wellin
in honor of Eleanor P. Barlow and Caroline E. Seamans

Brewster Point Land Company

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