ReMix: A Midsummer Night's Dream
May 19-20 | 2017
Ruth Reinhardt conducts
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Women of the Dallas Symphony Chorus
Alissa Roca Soprano I
Kelly Silverthorn Soprano II
CHRISTINE SANDERS (TITANIA/HERMIA), RYAN WOODS (OBERON/THESEUS) & BLAKE HACKLER (PUCK/BOTTOM) actors
UDA ESSIM TRIANGLE Del Cook, Kim Corbet, & Matt Shaw
SUZANNE LAVENDER Lighting
Dallas City Performance Hall
Ruth Reinhardt conducts Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The complete incidental music is interspersed with popular verses from Shakespeare’s original text, inspiring musical interludes by SMU electronic ensemble Uda Essim Triangle and innovative visual effects.
6:30 PM - Free drinks and appetizers
7:30 PM - Concert begins
8:45 PM - Post-concert mingling with the musicians
- DSO ReMix Features 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Shakespeare's Words and Mendelssohn's Music
by Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
With the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Soluna Festival circling the theme of "dreams and illusions" this year, what could be a better fit than Mendelssohn's magical music for A Midsummer Night's Dream? And there it was -- at least most of it -- Friday night, in one of the DSO's shorter and more informal ReMix concerts at the Dallas City Performance Hall.
(Shakespeare could be a great theme for a future Dallas Arts District festival. Just think of all the plays and richly varied orchestral, operatic and balletic interpretations. The Dallas Museum of Art could feature paintings and dress of England's Tudor age.)
Organizers of Soluna had the smart idea of presenting Mendelssohn's music interspersed with -- and sometimes, as intended, accompanying -- excerpts of the Shakespeare play. With three actors declaiming the texts, dappled, colored lights projected on walls suggested the woodland setting (at the cost of program-book legibility).