Sunday , February 28 2021

Old Globe's main artistic artist Barry Edelstein joins classical music and theater marriage with L.A. Phil "Tempest"



A few months ago, Old Globe San Diego hosted an outdoor production of "The Tempest" as an opener to the annual Shakespeare Festival.

Now, Balbo Park has a much larger "Tempest" hand in hand that is about to blow to the town.

But not our town, nevertheless – Los Angeles.

On Thursday, L.A. Philharmonic opens to run three days of great work, the fantasy of the Poet at the Disney Concert Hall, as is hosted by Barry Edelstein, the artistic director of the Erna Finci Viterbi Globe.

The production will be held by Susanna Mälkki, CEO of L.A. Phil.

Why does a symphony orchestra play Shakespeare? Due to the artistic responses to "The Tempest" over the centuries, the most influential Jean Sibelius playoff music played by the Finnish composer in 1925.

Although orchestras is often performed later, a more compressed two-suite film of that music is performed by orchestras over the years, the LA Phil goes back to original work Sibelius, which was rarely performed – and staged a full production of "The Tempest" along with her.

The occasion for the partnership with the Globe is the continuing celebration of the orchestra from the 100th term, and has created a number of collaborations for it.

And this makes this a great way. The cast includes two Tony Award nominees: What Malone (who plays the Ariel bees), known for her time in "Broad Fun" and Tom McGowan (Caliban), nominated on for "La Bête."

The actor of the stage and screen Ash Ashazazi plays the leading role of Prospero sisters, a role played by Kate Burton in the Globe (under the name of Prospera mobile character). Audrey Corsa is playing a young girl Prospero, Miranda.

The cast also includes Grantham Coleman (Ferdinand), who took part in the "Hamlet" in the Globe in 2016; and a multi-purpose actor based on San Diego, Mark Pinter (Gonzalo), who has a memorable turn around the town.

Actor-scriptwriter Michael Genet joined Alonso; the screen and actor of the Ruy Iskandar platform as Sebastian; and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, who shares the role of Ariel with Malone; Peter MacNicol, the Broadway veteran (also of the celebrity "Ally McBeal" of television), who shares the role of Stephano with the baritone Jarett Ott; and the baritone Timothy Mix, who shares the role of Caliban with McGowan; and starred the film and television of Cornell Womack as Antonio.

As Edelstein explained last month when the production was in exercises, the Globe partnership with the L.A. Phil was away after the executive director of the orchestra performed "Hamlet" 2016 that starred Coleman here.

"Then I got a call saying," Hey, it's 100 years since, and we do all these crazy projects. One of the things we are do it and this series of Shakespeare, and the next one we will do is The Tempest. & # 39; Would you like to do it? & # 39; "

Yes. After that, Edelstein spent a year preparing to direct the piece.

It is important to note that this is not a symphony performance with some Shakespeare having to tag on.

"We are making a full production of The Tempest – the whole play," said Edelstein, a nationally renowned and well-known scholar of Shakespeare.

"The difference is that when I am producing Shakespeare with live music, my composer has commissioned, and it's possible two or three musicians.

"Here, there's a score that already exists from 1925 – and 120 musicians!" (To be more specific: There are 80 musicians in the orchestra together with a choir of 40, as well as actors and opera singers in the cast.)

"So it's very different at a rate. Not to mention that it is performed in a concert hall rather than a theater. But in a funny way in the exercise, I'll feel very similar to I'm in practice (normal) – playing Shakespeare, I know how to do it.

"The wild card is the co-operation with the leader and the orchestra. And so far it has been a wonderful educational experience for me."

& The Tempest & # 39;

When: 8 p.m. Thursday to Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Tickets: About $ 25- $ 209

Phone: (323) 850-2000

Online: laphil.com

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Twitter: @jimhebert


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