Concerts > Classics Series

The World of Shakespeare

Saturday, April 29, 2017

7:30 p.m.

  • Sibelius - The Tempest, Suite No. 1
  • Nyman - Concert Suite from Prospero's Books
  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Lianne Coble, soprano
  • Patricia Risley, mezzo-soprano
  • The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
  • Reading Choral Society Women’s Chorus

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Explore Shakespeare’s world with music inspired by "The Tempest" by Sibelius and featured in the film "Prospero’s Books" by Michael Nyman. Soprano Lianne Coble, mezzo-soprano Patricia Risley and the Reading Choral Society Women’s Chorus are featured in Mendelssohn’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," interspersed with readings by actors from The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, evoking the spirit of magical possibilities.


Lianne Coble

Soprano Lianne Coble maintains an active and varied performance schedule of concert, operatic, chamber, and choral music, all while maintaining her appointment as a full-time member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

She has been a soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival, America Classical Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Musica Sacra, and her solo engagements have taken her to such illustrious performances spaces as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and Emmanuel Church in Boston.

Patricia Risley, Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Patricia Risley is a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera and has also sung with some of the most prestigious opera companies in the world, including Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Teatro Real, Bayerische Staatsoper, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Glimmeglass Opera. She has also appeared with The New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at Carnegie Hall.

Reading Choral Society Women's Chorus

Founded in 1875, the Reading Choral Society is one of America’s oldest musical ensembles, and is comprised of a 70-voice group of dedicated amateur singers from all walks of life and all ages. Under the guidance of its first music director, Edward A. Berg, the mission of the RSC — to perform great choral masterworks, without ignoring contemporary composers — was estab-lished.

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