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The Fairy Queen - Henry Purcell
First performed in 1692, The Fairy Queen is not a full continuous story, but rather a collection of shorter scenes. Like the Italian intermezzos in the next century or the Super Bowl ads today which break up the game play, The Fairy Queen functioned as much needed comic relief between the acts of the more serious show. In the case of its first performance, it was intended to be performed between the acts of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Some characters from Shakespeare's play also make an appearance in The Fairy Queen as well.) While it must have been a sight to behold at the premiere, this performance will not include any of Shakespeare's play as that would add another 4 hours to the concert.
The Collegium Musicum performs music from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, with repertoire ranging from solo cantatas to madrigals, oratorios, operas, concertos, and other orchestral works. Recent concerts have included performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Handel’s Concerti Grossi, op. 3, Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen, Lully’s Psyché and Thésée, Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo, Cavalli’s Ercole amante and La virtù de’ strali d’Amore, Monteverdi’s Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi and L'incoronzione di Poppea, and Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola dall'Alcina.
This concert is free and open to the public.
The painting used is The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Joseph Noel Paton.
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