Dido & Aeneas – Henry Purcell
Sat., April 29, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Sun, April 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
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In the late 17th century Henry Purcell had a musical life of Mozartian proportions – tragically short yet unbelievably brilliant. Dido is his best-known and most beloved work for the stage. PMW’s orchestra and soloists will team with the UW Chamber Singers for this performance.
about Pacific Musicworks
PMW is a production company defined by the artistic leadership of Stephen Stubbs that is focused primarily, but not exclusively, on the presentation of vocal music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
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