ISU Orchestra Program 2013 – 2014 Season

Friday - February 14, 2014 7:30 pm | Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

Berlioz Le Mort de Cleopatre with Mary Creswell, mezzo-soprano
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliette Fantasy Overture


Admission Charged: $5.00 adults; $3.00 students.
Tickets available at the door.

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In honor of Valentine's Day, join the ISU Symphony for a concert inspired by Shakespeare! Berlioz's incredible Le Mort de Cleopatre depicts the Egyptian Queen in her final moments after the battle of Actium. The work was never performed in Berlioz's lifetime and it cost him the Prix de Rome because it was too bold, too dramatic, and too radical for the committee. For this performance, the ISU Symphony is joined by our own Associate Professor of Voice Mary Creswell.

It is with Tchaikovsky's inspired Romeo and Juliette Fantasy Overture ISU Symphony closes its first concert of 2014. A work imbued with the beauty, strife, and elemental passion that drives Shakespeare's most popular play.

Mezzo-soprano Mary Creswell appears throughout the United States in opera, oratorio, and chamber music. Her active and varied performing schedule includes the operatic roles of Dorabella, Rosina, and Carmen. Her rich mezzo sound has been heard on the concert stage with the Detroit Symphony, Austin Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and regularly with orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The orchestrated songs of Mahler, Verdi's Requiem, and Jeremiah Symphony by Bernstein are gems in her repertoire. She is a frequent guest soloist with the American Chamber Players and is engaged with them in prestigious concert series spanning the country.

Lauded for her extremely versatile voice, Ms. Creswell effortlessly makes the transition from opera house and orchestra hall to chamber music and song recital. She has been described as having an inner pliability on stage, which transcends all boundaries. Her programs flow from Brahms and Ravel to folk songs and humor without missing a beat. She has also been a champion of new music and featured on several recordings under the Albany Label.


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