SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras | A Meditation on Harlem Midsummer
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Classical Theater of Harlem
Peter Francis James, director

MENDELSSOHN    A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 21 and 61
(arr. Tarkmann)

As part of the John F. Kennedy Center’s third SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, a weeklong celebration of the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of North American orchestras through an immersive festival experience in the nation’s capital, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Classical Theatre of Harlem will offer a collaborative portrait of the cultural diversity and vitality of New York City through a musical and theatrical performance of Shakespeare’s classical tale A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The performance will include Mendelssohn’s timeless incidental music, arranged for chamber orchestra, in its rightful place within Shakespeare’s timeless play (with some modern adaptations), combining all into a singular theatrical event. Drawing on the universal theme of love’s many caprices, this meditation will offer a specific portrait of Harlem’s rich culture and celebrate this space through a blend of music, theatre, and dance.

As part of its involvement with SHIFT, Orpheus will offer a residency program across two and a half days during its appearance in Washington, D.C., centering around the Orpheus Process, the orchestra’s signature collaborative method. Working with Classical Theatre of Harlem, the orchestra will share with audiences how cooperation can fuel the creative process in any endeavor. An Orpheus Reflections residency will serve D.C.-area people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and their caregivers.     

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