April’s concert takes the world-class music you’ve come to love from Redlands Symphony and amps it up with a live theatrical performance. Soprano Mary Mackenzie’s captivating presence combines theatre and song to tell an intimate story of love, loss, and acceptance.
Why You Don’t Want to Miss this Performance
For the first time, Redlands Symphony joins with critically-acclaimed theatrical director A. Scott Parry. Drama, poetry, and song come together in a setting never seen in our performance hall.
Special onstage seating brings the intimate atmosphere of a Paris nightclub to Redlands. The story unfolds among candlelit bistro tables as soprano Mary Mackenzie progresses through the audience. The yearning in her voice calls for relief. This is the sound of your heart breaking. And the sound of it coming back together.
This is Drama. This is Beauty. This is a Journey of the Heart.
The songs of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann come alive through the brilliance of Robert de Leew. Like pop remixes of today, In the Wonderful Month of May takes the best of Schubert and Schumann and gives new relevance to their classic works.
The concert draws on beloved classical songs from Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey) and Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love). For generations, their music has inspired romantics with its heartfelt emotional expression.
Reserve Your Tickets Before They Are Gone
Join us for In the Wonderful Month of May and be reminded that classical music is a journey of the heart. Tickets start at $15.
Don’t miss what NPR’s host of From the Top, Christopher O’Riley, praises:
Seeing this title on your Upcoming Events page, you might mistake it for an effete contemporary piece and decide to take a pass. That would be tragic. I experienced this production a couple of summers ago. It's a cabaret experience at once alarming, disarming, romantic, tragic and most of all, beautiful.
It's the kind of evening you'd be lucky to experience off-Broadway: Mary Mackenzie performs this as though born to it, Scott Parry's direction is a perfectly balanced dramatic wave of all the descriptives noted above, and much more, and Ransom's leadership is keenly sensitive and masterfully informed. Not to be missed.
Audience Member Bonus
Please join us following the performance for a discussion with stage director Scott Parry, soprano Mary Mackenzie, and conductor Ransom Wilson.
Watch a Preview of What You'll Experience
A. Scott Parry's Director Notes
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 of 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 in actuality love was.
But when one has had such life-altering love, what then remains when it is gone? Is it put away and buried deep, or is it proudly worn as a scar of loss, or does it resound endlessly bittersweet in memory?
Reinbert de Leeuw
flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp, piano, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos, contrabass
The Lieder (“songs”) you will hear this evening are true examples of melos—they bring the poetry to life by setting it in motion, locating the words in the flow of time, teasing out the meanings hidden in its symbols, sometimes creating paradoxes, and binding poems together to tell stories.Read More