Winston-Salem’s Shakespeare and Mendelssohn as collaborative “Dream”

Posted on: February 1, 2011

North Carolina’s Winston-Salem Symphony will collaborate with the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for three performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The fully staged play, abridged from the normal three hours to two and performed with the incidental music Mendelssohn wrote for it in 1843, will be performed on February 5, 6, and 8 at the Stevens Center of UNCSA, with senior drama students directed by Gerald Freedman, dean of the School of Drama at UNCSA. Music Director Robert Moody will lead the orchestra, the women of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, and vocal soloists Carla LaFevre and Janine Hawley. Following the February 5 performance, audiences are invited to “Brews with Bob (or Root Beer with Robert)” at the Noma Urban Bar and Grill in Winston-Salem. At a luncheon held on February 4, Moody and Freedman will discuss A Midsummer Night’s Dream and participate in an audience Q&A at Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Club; Moody and Freedman will also conduct Q&A sessions after the February 6 and 8 concerts.

Posted February 1, 2011