THE HENRY PURCELL SOCIETY OF BOSTON PRESENTS: 

KING ARTHUR, a semi-opera

on November 19, 2016 at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul (138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA) 

**CONCERT VERSION ON NOVEMBER 20, 2016 4pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, MA, hosted by Ian Watson and the Arcadia Players

 

Sarah Yanovitch, Cupid, Venus

David Kravitz, as the Cold Genius

Benjamin Evett, King Arthur

 

With special appearances by Elissa Alvarez, Nicole Estima, Kathryn McKellar, Jessica Petrus, Katherine Growden, Catherine Hedberg, Krista River, Charles Blandy, Eric Christopher Perry, Stefan Reed, Jacob Cooper, Sumner Thompson, and Bradford Gleim

 

credit: staged by Bob Scanlan, musical direction by Ian Watson, co-produced/ sponsored by the Henry Purcell Society of Boston

 

In what has been calleda 17th century ‘Game of Thrones’ by Leed’s scholar Stephen Basdeo, Henry Purcell’s sumptuous Baroque musical masque accompanying John Dryden’s fantasy tale of enchantment, war, and liberation is celebrated still as one of the triumphs of English Restoration art and culture.  Premiered in 1691 for the regents William and Mary, the Poets’ Theatre teams up with the musicians of the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and Arcadia Players period orchestra to present a rich baroque pageant of alternating dramatic scenes and ravishing music.  The legendary King Arthur saves Britain from invading Saxons, as competing sorcerers and magicians battle, in our own presidential election month, for the soul and integrity of the nation.

 

“What passion cannot music raise and quell?”  (John Dryden, 1687)

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