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MARCH 28, 2017

FOR INFORMATION: (909) 587-5565

MAESTRO RANSOM WILSON AND THE REDLANDS SYMPHONY PERFORM A SCHUBERT & SCHUMANN TRIBUTE TO “THE BEAUTIFUL MONTH OF MAY”

Saturday, April 8th, 8 PM – Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands

REDLANDS, CA -- Music lovers are invited to a special presentation by the Redlands Symphony of the music of Franz SCHUBERT and Robert SCHUMANN, conducted by Maestro Ransom Wilson. Celebrated soprano Mary Mackenzie will sing the beautiful score in German in a production designed and directed by noted stage director, A. Scott Parry. The concert takes place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8 PM in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. Doors open at 7 PM. There will be a pre-concert talk by Maestro Wilson starting at 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $15 and are available online at www.redlandssymphony.com or at the door.  Parking is free.

The concert includes 75 minutes of music, followed by an intermission and a conversation with the audience about the production led by Maestro Wilson and including Ms. Mackenzie and Mr. Parry.

According to Parry, “Reinbert de Leeuw adapted and re-composed the Romantic lieder masterpieces of Schubert and Schumann into a modern, cabaret-style song cycle.  This is taken one step further by presenting his cycle here as a staged monodrama. We have conceived the piece as being the story of a Woman returning home from the funeral of her former lover and over the course of a single, emotionally wrenching night, coming to terms with her loss. She remembers the joy and sensuality of their newfound love, the doubts of its fidelity, the heartbreak of their parting, the frustration of awaiting his return, and then the trauma of confronting his death. She faces down her own conflicted feelings of what she was taught love should be, what she thought love could be, and in the end, what it actuality was.”

A. Scott Parry
A. Scott Parry’s stage direction has been hailed by Opera News as “marvelous,” “lively,” “imaginative,” and “spot-on.” His productions have spanned an enormous range of repertoire, from West Side Story to Don Giovannii and La bohème to La Cage aux Folles. He conceived of, designed, and directed the world premiere production of I lavori d’amore persi, a compendium of music theatre fragments by Claudio Monteverdi for the Bloomington Early Music Festival as well as the newly-composed absurdist opera The Pig, the Farmer, and the Artist for La Mama’s Off-Broadway in New York City. He spent almost a decade on staff at New York City Opera at Lincoln Center as well as serving on the faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington, where he previously received his Master’s degree in Opera Stage Direction. Mr. Parry headed the Musical Theatre program at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, has been a visiting professor at the New England Conservatory, Amherst College, Peabody Conservatory, and is currently Director of Opera and Lyric Theatre at The Ohio State University. As a composer-librettist, he premiered his quartet theatre song-cycle On the Impracticality and Sure Impossibility of Perpetually Uncomplicated and Everlasting Love based on poems of Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and Edna St. Vincent Millay and recently completed an English language adaptation of Beaumarchais’ third Figaro play, La mère coupable, which is currently being set to music.

“This will be a remarkable evening of music the likes of which have never been experienced by our Redlands Symphony audience,” explained Ransom Wilson. “By combining the beautifully moving songs of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann with a fully staged performance capturing the flavor of a Paris café and featuring the Redlands Symphony, with the remarkable voice of soprano Mary Mackenzie, we’re hoping the audience will appreciate that there are many ways to enjoy an evening of beautiful music.”

Tickets are available online at www.redlandssymhony.com or by calling the box office at (909) 587-5565. Tickets can also be purchased on concert night at the door.

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MAESTRO RANSOM WILSON will conduct the Redlands Symphony in a tribute to spring featuring the beautiful music of Franz SCHUBERT and Robert SCHUMANN, performed by renowned soprano, Mary Mackenzie in a production conceived and directed by A. Scott Parry on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands.  The concert begins at 8 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Maestro Wilson will present a pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM. Tickets starting at $15 are available online at www.redlandssymhony.com or by calling the box office at (909) 587-5565. Tickets can also be purchased on concert night at the door. The concert includes 75 minutes of music, followed by an intermission and a conversation with the audience about the production led by Maestro Wilson and including Mary Mackenzie and director A. Scott Parry. (Photography by Kristianne Koch Riddle)

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