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Four Nations Ensemble with Guest Singers and Dancers

Date & Time: Sunday, September 6, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Location: Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville (CLICK HERE for directions)
Tickets Purchased Ahead: $25; $20 seniors: $7 students
(Book-ahead ticket prices good up to 5 hours before the performance)
At the Door: $30; $25 seniors; $7 students

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What is the result when George Frideric Handel, Alexander Pope, and John Gay conjure up a delightful entertainment for a small group of friends spending a holiday weekend at an English country house? A Party Piece! Acis and Galatea moves from giggly delight to some of the most moving and gorgeous representations of love and loss in all music.  With two recorders, two oboes, two violins, cello, harpsichord and five of America’s finest soloists, the Four Nations Ensemble offers for all your labors on Labor Day weekend, a sweet shepherd and his loyal friend, a water nymph as irresistible to us as she is to the shepherd, and the birds, and an awkward, goofy, besotted cyclops who ultimately proves fatal to all joys. This semi staged performance, directed by Stephen Hamilton and led by Andrew Appel transports the original party just outside of London, to a party in our own Hudson Valley with Dancers firmly placed in the 18th century while our singers glide back and forth between centuries.

Introduce your family to opera, the Baroque, and great music with this unforgettable masterpiece and allow a Sunday evening at the Catskill Mountain Foundation to become part of a great and timeless holiday weekend. (recommended for children from 5th grade and higher)

Directed by Stephen Hamilton

Acis:  Thomas Cooley
Galatea: Laura Heimes
Polyphemus: Philip Cutlip
Damon: Aaron Sheehan
Coridon: Marc Molomot

Oboes and recorders: Debra Nagy and Stephen Hammer
Violins: Tatiana Chulochnikova and Olivier Brault
Cello: Loretta O’Sullivan
Harpsichord and musical director: Andrew Appel

Dancers: Carlos Fittante, members of BALAM Dance Theatre

Masks created by Joyce Kozloff. www.joycekozloff.net

“Acis and Galatea” is part of “American Masquerade,” a project of Mainly Greene whose members include Catskill Mountain Foundation, Greene County Council on the Arts, Prattsville Art Center and Zadock Pratt Museum. It is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts REDC initiative with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and private donations.

 

 

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