Nicholas Mcgegan

Purcell’s Dioclesian (Sep 6, 2012)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atherton  |  San Francisco  |  Berkeley
September 6, 2012

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Troy Marsh, Interim Marketing & PR Manager
(415) 252-1288 x315   or tmarsh@philharmonia.com

DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE: Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc)


PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA OPENS
ITS 32ND SEASON WITH THE RARELY HEARD DIOCLESIAN
BY HENRY PURCELL

Music Director Nicholas McGegan conducts the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale to open the 2012-13 season celebrating the music of Henry Purcell, first among the great English composers.  Called “one of the finest Baroque conductors of his generation” by The London Independent, Nicholas McGegan leads the GRAMMY-nominated Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Chorale and soloists in Dioclesian (The Prophetess: or, The History of Dioclesian) , a “tragicomic semi-opera” (the Baroque equivalent of a musical) based very loosely on the life of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

Perhaps best known for his opera Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell (c.1659 – 1695) incorporated stylistic elements from French and Italian to create a uniquely English form of Baroque music. With a flair for the dramatic, he mixed song, dance and theatre to sensational effect and he was the only English composer of his time to attain regard equal to that of his counterparts on the European continent. Full of festive drinking songs and rich choral music, Dioclesian premiered in late May 1690 at the Queen’s Theatre in Dorset Garden. Ostensibly a tale of struggle and political power, it is truly a story about the universal conflict between love and duty. With this program, Philharmonia Baroque will have performed all of Purcell’s large-scale choral-orchestral works.

The 2012-13 season opens Wednesday, October 3, 8:00pm at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School and continues Friday, October 5, 8:00pm at Herbst Theatre, downtown San Francisco then moving to First Congregational Church, Berkeley for performances Saturday, October 6, at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 to $92 and are available by calling City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or visiting www.philharmonia.org.  Note: Some sections are already sold out on subscription. Philharmonia Baroque—Great Music. Period.

 

CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHO

Nicholas McGeganconductor
Helene Zindarsian, soprano
Clifton Massey, countertenor
Jean-Paul Jones, countertenor
Jonathan Smucker, tenor
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Jeffrey Fields, baritone
John Bischoff, bass-baritone
Philharmonia Chorale,
Bruce Lamott, director


WHAT

Henry Purcell (c. 1659-1695)  Dioclesian

Short Description

Purcell’s first major success in the theater, Dioclesian, is also a Philharmonia Baroque premiere. This “tragicomic semi-opera,” (the seventeenth century equivalent of a musical), dances with romantic odes, rollicking drinking songs and concludes with an elaborate masque.

click here
for event page

WHEN/WHERE

Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 pm
Atherton – The Center for Performing Arts (555 Middlefield Road)

Friday, October 5 at 8:00 pm
San Francisco – Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue)

Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 pm
Berkeley – First Congregational Church (2345 Channing Way)

Sunday, October 6 at 7:30 PM
Berkeley – First Congregational Church (2345 Channing Way)


HOW

Tickets are priced at $25 to $92 and are available through City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or online at www.philharmonia.org.

For a complete biography, visit www.philharmonia.org/about/history/.

Press photos are available at www.philharmonia.org/press-room/resources.

###