DR. PHILIP D. AND SHIRLEY D. SCHILD, MARKUS AND BARBARA TRICE, AND DR. ROSS E. ARMSTRONG
Returning to Cal Performances for the first time in 11 years, Mark Morris's Dido and Aeneas "is that remarkable rarity: a work of modern art that looks as though it has come down to us through the ages" (Washington Post). More than any other modern choreographer, Morris is also a phenomenal musical artist, and this special presentation of his seminal 1989 creation marries both sides of his vision in a joyous expression of genius. Making his Bay Area conducting debut, Morris leads the forces of the renowned Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in Henry Purcell's 17th-century opera score, while his remarkable company dances the timeless story out of Virgil's Aeneid. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe—"the true successor to Marilyn Horne in the Baroque and bel canto repertory" (New York Times)—leads the assembled vocal artists of chorus and soloists.
Season Opening Celebration with Mark Morris Dance Group
Fri, Sept 16, immediately following the 8 pm performance
Mezzanine level of Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $600+)
Toast to the start of Cal Performances' 2011/12 Season with Director Matías Tarnopolsky, fellow supporters, and members of Mark Morris Dance Group. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the season that you helped make possible.
Program notes are available approximately one week before the performance.
MP3 of the role of Dido (sung here by soprano Lorraine Hunt; 3:00 minutes)
Articles & Reviews
The San Francisco Chronicle talks with Mark Morris about conducting, gender in his works and the future in the preview article "Mark Morris picks up baton in 'Dido' at Berkeley" Read the preview article >>