The Baroque Song Project of the KU School of Music will present a concert version of the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 p.m. in 328 Murphy Hall. Dido and Aeneas is the most famous opera from the Baroque period with a text in English. The performance is free and open to the public.
The Baroque Song Project, directed by Paul Laird, Professor of Musicology, is an effort to give primarily undergraduate voice majors the opportunity to sing Baroque music accompanied by instruments appropriate to the period.
The leads include: Emily Bennett, as Dido; John Meyer, as Aeneas; Caitlin Laird, as Belinda; Nicole Burkhart, as the Sorceress; Katie Meyer and Ashleigh Simpson, as the Witches and in sundry other roles; and Juan Gonzalez, as the First Sailor. The vocal coach for the production is Julia Broxholm, Professor of Voice. The chorus for the production is the KU Vocal Collegium Musicum, directed by D.M.A. choral conducting student Jim Davidson. The accompanying instrumental ensemble will include guest players of Baroque string instruments: William Bauer, Monty Carter, and Nell French; Paul Laird; harpsichordist Elizabeth Berghout, Professor of Carillon and Organ; and Baroque flutists Joy Laird and Dorothy Glick.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.
For more about Paul Laird: http://music.ku.edu/programs/musicology/faculty/laird/