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Hans Graf conducts Chopin and Mendelssohn featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson

Tanglewood

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On Saturday, August 5, Mr. Ohlsson returns to perform Chopin's Second Piano Concerto with the BSO, a virtuosic and remarkably successful work considering it was written when the composer was still a student and just 20 years old. The second half of the program features one of the best-known musical works inspired by Shakespeare-Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream-in a specially designed production adapted by stage director Bill Barclay, which received its world premiere with the BSO at Symphony Hall in Boston in early 2016 as part of the BSO's three-week Shakespeare celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. Mr. Graf and the orchestra are joined for this performance by soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, and singers from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus, as well as four actors, including Will Lyman as Oberon; Karen MacDonald as Titania; and Caleb Mayo as Felix Mendelssohn/Puck. The costumed actors will perform various passages from A Midsummer Night's Dream interspersed throughout the performance, as prescribed in Mendelssohn's score, with costumes by Kathleen Doyle and sets by Cristina Todesco. 

Featured Performers

Hans   Graf, conductor Hans Graf, conductor Garrick    Ohlsson, piano, 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson, piano, 2017 Koussevitzky Artist
Kiera   Duffy, soprano Kiera Duffy, soprano Abigail   Fischer, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano
Singers from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus   , Katie Woolf, conductor Singers from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus , Katie Woolf, conductor Caleb   Mayo, actor (Felix Mendelssohn) Caleb Mayo, actor (Felix Mendelssohn)
Karen   MacDonald, actor (Titania) Karen MacDonald, actor (Titania) Will   Lyman, actor (Oberon) Will Lyman, actor (Oberon)
Bill   Barclay, writer/stage director Bill Barclay, writer/stage director Cristina   Todesco, set designer Cristina Todesco, set designer
Kathleen    Doyle, costume designer Kathleen Doyle, costume designer Antonio   Weissinger, actor Antonio Weissinger, actor
Program Notes Audio
CHOPIN - Piano Concerto No. 2 (32 min)
MENDELSSOHN - Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream (complete; theatrical adaptation by Bill Barclay)