Marin Baroque presents “Welcome to All Pleasures – A Feast for the Senses” on Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo.
I’ll be singing in the 16-voice chamber choir in an all-Purcell program. The concert will also feature a period instrument orchestra, the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, and staging by Marla Volovna.
Here’s an excerpt from Marla’s program notes:
“Welcome to 1694. It is the thirty-third birthday celebration of Queen Mary II of England. The young Henry Purcell of the Chapel Royal is conducting his compositions in her honor. Tonight’s program begins with excerpts from The Fairy-Queen, an anonymous adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, which comprises some of Purcell’s finest music in the English tradition of masque or semi-opera. As a form of courtly entertainment flourishing in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe, masques involved music and dancing, singing and acting within an elaborate stage design, suiting them to such festive celebrations as the birthdays of monarchs.”
I hope you can join me for this wonderfully evening of entertainment!
The image on the poster is from “Flora’s Holiday“.