Concert and companion lecture to focus on the opera Dido and Aeneas, November 7, 2015

The Vassar College Music Department is presenting a performance of the Henry Purcell opera, Dido and Aeneas, on Saturday, November 7, 8:00pm in Skinner Hall. A companion lecture by early music experts Frans and Julie Muller, will take place just prior at 7:00pm in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Mullers come to their expertise in early music from varied disciplines. Julie Muller, now retired, taught English and American literature at the University of Amsterdam. She has written extensively in Dutch and English on English song texts from the Renaissance to the present. Frans Muller is a retired interior architect and set designer. For more than thirty years his focus has been on historical theater and theater design research with his main interest being in 17th century English opera. Both have written about baroque theater. Their talk, “Setting the Scene for Dido,” will explore the nature of baroque opera, with animations, and both the place of Dido in Purcell's oeuvre and its socio-political significance at the time. Note: attendance at the lecture is not required to see the opera.

The performance of Dido will feature the Vassar College Choir, Vassar students in the solo roles and an orchestra comprised of faculty members Linda Quan and Marka Young, alongside student instrumentalists. The conductor is Christine Howlett, director of choral activities, with stage direction by music lecturer Drew Minter.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 21, 2015