Performance Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 8 PM

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Shakespeare’s magic has inspired composers from the early Baroque to the present day. Purcell’s Suite from A Midsummer Night’s Dream evokes Shakespeare’s fairy kingdom, while Tchaikovsky’s lushly Romantic depiction of the sea brings the poet’s The Tempest to life. Nocturnal events are at the heart of works by Dallapiccola and Mendelssohn. Piccola musica notturna is an evocative portrayal of a summer night. Otherworldly events make Mendelssohn’s setting of Goethe’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Witches’ Night) a thrilling choral depiction of the night witches and demons.


  • Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Conductor
  • Elizabeth DeShong, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Joseph Kaiser, Tenor
  • Luca Pisaroni, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, Music Director


  • PURCELL Suite from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • TCHAIKOVSKY The Tempest
  • DALLAPICCOLA Piccola musica notturna
  • MENDELSSOHN Die erste Walpurgisnacht


Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht (Overture)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor

This performance is part of Orchestra of St. Luke's.

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