This concert will be a multi -dimensional with great Symphonic music inspired by Shakespeare and winners of the regional Riverside Opera Auditions singing music inspired by Shakespeare. The actors performing Shakespeare are also winners of regional auditions.
One song being performed is a side-by-side that includes the featured professionally trained musicians performing pieces along-side students in the Curtis High school orchestra.
Shakespeare alludes to or includes the text of well over one hundred songs in his works. Music was an integral part of Elizabethan life and in a fitting tribute to his birthday the Richmond County Orchestra presents selections from various Shakespearean works including Romeo and Juliet, Othello, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream and The Tempest. In addition RCO will be playing two movements from Composer Edward Green’s “music for Shakespeare"
The program includes: Romeo and Juliet Overture, Juliets Waltz Je veux vivre, Romeo and Juliet" Act 1 Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Dio mi potevi from Othello, A Midsummer Nights Dream Wedding March and others..
The cast includes Jerilyn Sackler Director, Nick Bayne and Ariana Fekett Actors, Jenna Calderon Guitarist, Allison Pohl, soprano and William Barone Tenor. Bios are included below.
The Richmond County Orchestra (RCO) celebrates its 15th season of producing professional symphonic performances for the greater Staten Island public in a wide variety of venues throughout the borough.
RCO's programming under Maestro Alan Aurelia is all-inclusive;
In addition to presenting free and low cost productions of classical and modern symphonic works, the Orchestra also produces multi-media programs in cooperation with New York based dance companies and have also worked with several visual artists, composers, poets, singers and musicians. The RCO frequently includes many local public school children in their concerts and provides extensive music outreach residencies in local schools and community centers throughout the year.
Jerilyn Sackler Director
Jerilyn Sackler studied at the British American Drama Academy, at Williamstown Theatre Festival as an Acting Apprentice, with the Aquila Theatre Co. in a performance workshop at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theatre, and with Jenny Buckman of R.A.D.A. in a performance workshop of "The Tempest". Recent work includes "Taming of the Shrew" with Pulse Ensemble, Prism in "Importance of Being Earnest" , Witch # 1 in MacBeth at the Clurman on Theatre Row, and Birbal in Chuck Mee's "Coney Island Avenue" at New York Theatre Workshop.
Jenna Calderon, guitarist
Jenna Calderon is from Staten Island, NY. She began her musical career in high school when she picked up the guitar. For college, she attended The Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island where she studied classical guitar performance and mathematics. During this time Jenna also played electric guitar with the group Not From Concentrate and currently with The Haight. After college Jenna decided to become a music teacher, earning a Master's Degree from Columbia Teachers College. Ms. Calderon currently teaches at Staten Island Technical High School and performs regularly.
Nick Bayne, actor
Nick Bayne is a San Franciscan by way of Seattle. He holds an MA in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which included a month-long residency at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and a tour of Rona Munro's new play, The Special. Previous work includes roles at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (You, Nero), Pioneer Theatre Company (The Light in the Piazza), and Woodminster Summer Musicals (Finian's Rainbow, Paint Your Wagon), as well as Guildenstern in Dealing With Ophelia at the 2013 Figment Festival.
Ariana Fekett, actor
Ariana Fekett is thrilled to be working with Richmond County Orchestra. Ariana earned her BA in Theater at SUNY, Binghamton and currently studies with Tres Artis in New York. Recent theater credits include Love, Redefined with Poetic Theater Productions,Mike’s Discount Wonderland at The Brick, Baby Dada with Truant Arts, and The Group with Tres Artis.
Allison Pohl, soprano
Allison Pohl has performed widely in the United States as well as in Italy and China, drawing positive reviews for her “sparkling voice” (outerstage.com)
William Barone, Tenor
William Barone is a Brooklyn tenor with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Temple University College of Music in Philadelphia. A stalwart performer with and supporter of our own Riverside Opera Company as well as a Liederkranz Wagner Competition finalist, he has also starred in such venues as th Wagner Opera Theater, the Pennsylvania Opera Festival, the Shreveport Symphony, and the Grace Choral Society.