Com­ing up in Philly Music: Eng­lish Romance in Baroque style with Eng­lish Orpheus’

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Tempesta di Mare's 'English Orpheus' reads poems by Shakespeare. (Image retrieved via Wikimedia Commons.)
Tempesta di Mare's 'English Orpheus' reads poems by Shakespeare. (Image retrieved via Wikimedia Commons.)

Tempesta di Mare will end its 2020-21 season with a crowded cabaret program devoted to English Baroque songs chronicling the ups and downs of romantic love. Washington DC tenor Jacob Perry will sing songs that cover the whole arc of romance, from the initial ecstasy to the final heartbreak of John Dowland’s “Now o now, I must needs depart.”

Jacob Perry made a hit locally in Tempesta di Mare’s 2018 production of Messiah and he has acquired a national reputation as an interpreter of 17th and 18th Century songs. He’ll be accompanied by the Tempesta di Mare chamber players, performing, as always, on replicas of the instruments actually used in the period. The chamber players will add instrumental interludes between the songs and Wilma actress Jaylene Clark Owens will read poems by Shakespeare, Congreve, and other English masters of the art of verbal wooing.

What, When, Where, and Accessibility

Tempesta di Mare will present English Orpheus in-person at 7:30pm on Friday, June 18 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 40 North American Street, and online at 7pm on Saturday, June 19 (available on-demand through June 27).

Tickets for a limited number of seats at the in-person performance are available for $30. The online performance is $30 with pay-what-you-can for students and for those affected by Covid-19.

Christ Church Neighborhood House offers accommodated seating and entry for wheelchair users. Masks are required when inside the building.

For tickets and more information, visit Tempesta di Mare online.

Image Description: A painting of William Shakespeare.

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