Musical Shakespeare: Duke Orchestra and Actors Team Up Tonight

Actors with the Antic Shakespeare Company perform in October with the Duke Symphony Orchestra.
Actors with the Antic Shakespeare Company perform in October with the Duke Symphony Orchestra.

William Shakespeare’s influence has gone beyond the stage to inspire fabulous music. Tonight, the Duke Symphony Orchestra teams with actors to bring the two forms together in a concert performance.

This concert is the second in a season of Musical Shakespeare, honoring the 400th anniversary of Bard’s death.) The free performance will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Baldwin Auditorium.

The concert will feature faculty and student singers from the Duke Department of Music including Susan Dunn, Elizabeth Linnartz and Sandra Cotton, as well as members of the Antic Shakespeare Company, directed by Jay O'Berski.

The program will include:

Haydn: Symphony No. 92 in G Major, “Oxford”

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, for sixteen soloists and orchestra. Words by Shakespeare from The Merchant of Venice.

William Walton: Selections from scores written for Lawrence Olivier’s Shakespeare films—“Two Pieces for Strings” from Henry V, “Funeral March” from Hamlet, “Prelude” and “A Shakespeare Suite” from Richard III.

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