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Mark Morris - Dido and Aeneas

Friday, May 15, 2015 8:00 PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Performance generously sponsored by the William Gillespie Foundation.
This program is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Mark Morris Dance Group portrays a timeless story of love, and betrayal in its highly acclaimed production of Dido and Aeneas, a dance adaptation of English composer Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera of the same name. Combining Baroque vocal music with modern dance, Dido and Aeneas recounts the story of the hero Aeneas, on his way to founding Rome after the Trojan War, and his love affair with Dido, Queen of Carthage.

One of the seminal artists of our time, celebrated choreographer and director Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. He was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and is also a recipient of the 2013 Cal Performances Award of Distinction in the Performing Arts.


Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris, conductor
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra
The Bob Cole Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach

Jamie Van Eyck (Dido/Sorceress)
Douglas Williams (Aeneas)
Sherezade Panthaki (Belinda)


PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas

* Please note: This performance will be performed without intermission. Approx. 60 minutes.

Pre-Concert Lecture

There is no pre-concert lecture currently scheduled for this concert.


John Mangum, President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society, discusses the upcoming presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group's Dido and Aeneas.

Dido's lament and death from Dido and Aeneas, dance version performed by the Mark Morris Dance Company.

As part of the 2009 International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT, director/choreographer Mark Morris spoke with New Yorker dance critic Joan Acocella on the creation of his 1989 masterpiece, Dido & Aeneas.

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