WELCOME Since Irvine Barclay Theatre’s opening in 1990, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the theatre have been close collaborators. During the last 25 years, the Society’s roster of chamber music, vocal, orchestral and cross-disciplinary presentations has made an enormous and complementary contribution to the Barclay’s own presentations and eclectic brand.
It is, therefore, a special pleasure to be working together to ensure the success of Dido and Aeneas, Purcell’s opera, one of Mark Morris’ recognized masterworks. To be able to bring it to one organization’s dance audience and the other’s music audience is a presenter’s dream come true. In fact, the Barclay and the Society each have an historic relationship with the Mark Morris Dance Group. The theatre first introduced the company to the Los Angeles market in 1994 with a mixed repertory as part of its fledgling contemporary dance series. The company has returned under the Barclay’s aegis on a number of other occasions including the exquisite Falling Down Stairs accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma on cello. The Society has focused on the company’s monumental works, these at Segerstrom Hall, including another masterwork, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, set to Handel’s oratorio; Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice; and Rameau’s comédie lyrique, Platée.
It is our privilege to be able to present this important company and its creative force, Mark Morris. We are grateful for the support of the William Gillespie Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cheng Family Foundation, and Mike and Kari Kerr in making this happen.
Douglas C. Rankin President Irvine Barclay Theatre
John Mangum President and Artistic Director Philharmonic Society of Orange County IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE | 3