dartmouth symphony orchestra and coast jazz ensemble performing on stage

DSO and Coast Jazz Orchestra

February 21 - 22, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Ensemble season. This is an archived view.

Two of Dartmouth's flagship student ensembles join to present a major new Taylor Ho Bynum creation that joins jazz and classical music—and Shakespeare.

19/20 Hop Ensemble

The Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth plus vocal soloists and chorus unveil Bynum's new oratorio, The Temp and Mr. Prosper. The work features an original libretto by acclaimed poet Matthea Harvey, who took Shakespeare's The Tempest and, through an ingenious erasure process, extracted a witty, uplifting narrative on contemporary labor relations and corporate hierarchy.

Along with the two main characters, which will be sung by guest vocalists Michael Mayo and Kyoko Kitamura, the libretto includes a chorus of other temp workers, which will be sung by Dartmouth singers. Other guest artists are Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Bill Lowe (bass trombone), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). Bynum and DSO Conductor Filippo Ciabatti will share the conducting duties.

Continuing in a Shakespearean vein, Bynum's work is paired on Friday with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet suite played by the DSO and on Saturday with the Coast's rendition of Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn's Bard-based Such Sweet Thunder suite, composed in 1956 for the then-new Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

The Temp and Mr. Prosper (DSO & Coast)
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet suite (DSO)

Ellington/Strayhorn Such Sweet Thunder suite (Coast)
The Temp and Mr. Prosper (DSO & Coast)

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