The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Irish Classical Theatre Company are bringing William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to Kleinhans Music Hall, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo for a series of performances on Jan. 17, 18 and 19.
The stage is set for romance as the mystical faerie kingdom and the humdrum world of humans converge in this whimsical tale of magic, mischief and misplaced affection, as the woods beyond Athens become a topsy-turvy Garden of Eden for a single enchanted midsummer night. The Irish Classical Theatre Company performs the Bard’s beloved and hilarious comedy to the glorious compositions of Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of internationally acclaimed Conductor JoAnn Falletta.
Directed by ICTC Associate Director Fortunato Pezzimenti, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" stars Vincent O’Neill as Oberon/Theseus; Aleks Malejs as Titania/Hippolyta; Brendan Didio as Philostrate/Puck; Chris Kelly as Egeus/Quince; Phil Farugia as Bottom; Kevin Kennedy as Flute; Dudney Joseph as Snout; David Lundy as Starvling and Gerry Maher as Snug. This classic Shakespearean comedy introduces David Wysocki as Lysander; Nick Stevens as Demetrius; Kit Kuebler as Helena; and Kayla Storto as Hermia.
The Women’s Choir of Buffalo, Kathleen Bassett, Conductor, will also perform. Members lyric coloratura soprano Karen D’Angelo, and mezzo-soprano/alto Maria Parker will play the roles of Faerie 1 and Faerie 2.
“Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is an enchanting story of love in two worlds – the world of humans and the magic realm of the faeries,” said Falletta. “It is impossible not to fall in love with this wonderful tale, where human and fairy worlds collide with hilarious results. Felix Mendelssohn discovered the play as a child, and at the age of 17, wrote music that stands as one of the greatest achievements in our symphonic world.
"From the gossamer overture to the famous Wedding March to the irresistible peasant dance, the composition conjures up a vision of incomparable beauty. Don’t be surprised if those faeries and humans actually appear on stage to present their tale—in the persons of our great friends and superb artists, the actors of the Irish Classical Theatre Company. This weekend might very well be the highlight of our year!”
Performances will take place at Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 and 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. Information and tickets are available in person at the Kleinhans Music Hall box office, by phone at (716)885-5064 or online at bpo.org or at irishclassicaltheatre.com.