Shakespeare meets Mendelssohn on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at 7:30 pm as the Vancouver Island Symphony, under the direction of Pierre Simard, presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All the characters from Puck to Oberon will be portrayed in a mindboggling presentation by Nanaimo’s own Maureen Thomas as the orchestra plays the musical score composed by Felix Mendelssohn. Also on the program is music by Robert Schumann in celebration of his 200th birthday, and Pangea by Vancouver composer Jeffrey Ryan, telling of a future together in unity. Tickets for this Port Theatre event can be reserved by calling 250-754-8550. There will be pre- and post-concert talks.
Also on Saturday, March 20, 2010, the symphony will present the NoteworthyKids Open Symphony Rehearsal, a free Port Theatre community event, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Directed by Pierre Simard, the VI Symphony will be rehearsing for their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that evening. Donations are welcomed and will go towards the NoteworthyKids Music Fund for their free community program. For more information call the VIS at 250-754-0177.