Monday, June 13, 2011

David Daniels Joins Shakespeareans at Juilliard: Listen Live!

For one night only at Juilliard, on Monday, June 13 at 7 PM, actors Sir Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, and Juilliard alumna Monica Raymund perform selected readings from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, complemented by 17th–century songs and instrumental highlights inspired by Shakespeare’s play and compiled into an early operatic version. Countertenor David Daniels and baritone Bob McDonald are featured vocalists, performing with Juilliard415, the School’s highly praised student historical performance group. Public radio station WQXR 105.9 will host a live stream of this special performance. An encore presentation on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, featuring largely the musical portions of the performance, will air on Sunday, June 26 at 4 PM. Juilliard’s June 13 performance is a benefit for the Juilliard Drama Division. A limited number of benefit tickets remain for the performance and post-performance dinner, ranging from $1,000 - $50,000. Performance-only benefit tickets range in price from $75 - $125. For Benefit Ticket Information, call (212) 799-5000 ext. 329. A very limited number of non-benefit balcony seats priced at $50 are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard; may be purchased online at; or by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500. Juilliard is located at Lincoln Center, at 155 West 65th Street, just west of Broadway. Adapted and directed by Mr. Clifford, this presentation of The Tempest with period music was first performed in 2010 by the Folger Consort, early music ensemble-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, with mostly the same cast. Robert Eisenstein was musical director. Thought to have been written by Shakespeare about 1610, The Tempest is among the great plays of his late period. Frequently adapted in performance, it also has been the inspiration for operatic treatments, tone poems, and numerous song texts. At Juilliard, the benefit reading includes a setting of Shakespeare’s text from a 1674 staging of The Tempest as well as other period works; the composers are Matthew Locke, John Banister, Pelham Humfrey, Georg Frideric Handel, and Antonino Reggio. [Source]

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