Colloquium Series: Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fantasy as the Bottom Line
March 13 @ 10:00 am
The Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series invites you to a reflective and intellectually engaging series of faculty presentation followed by discussions and accompanied by refreshments.
Sasha Koerbler, Music and John Lepage, English
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s most magical play. In 1826, it enchanted seventeen-year-old German composer Felix Mendelssohn and inspired him to compose a concert overture. Mendelssohn’s masterly crafted music infuses the narrative with fantasy and intrigue: it conjures up the kingdom of the fairies, while following humans, high and low, in the magic wood. Is there a donkey in this overture? Most definitely yes!