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RCO Presents 'Happy Birthday Bill' Concert at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens Today

RCO Presents 'Happy Birthday Bill' Concert at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens Today

Across the globe the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth will be commemorated in many ways. In Paris a week-long conference will occur. In London anew indoor Jacobean theatre within the complex of Shakespeare's Globe opens. And here in New York the Richmond County Orchestra (RCO) marks its 15th season by celebrating the anniversary with a Happy Birthday Bill performance today, April 26 at The Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. The concert is FREE for students and children. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Group rates are also available. For more information call the RCO at 718-876-7945. Advance ticket sales are available online at

This concert will be a multi -dimensional with great Symphonic music inspired by Shakespeare and winners of the regional Riverside Opera Auditions singing music inspired by Shakespeare. The actors performing Shakespeare are also winners of regional auditions.

One song being performed is a side-by-side that includes the featured professionally trained musicians performing pieces along-side students in the Curtis High school orchestra.

Shakespeare alludes to or includes the text of well over one hundred songs in his works. Music was an integral part of Elizabethan life and in a fitting tribute to his birthday the Richmond County Orchestra presents selections from various Shakespearean works including Romeo and Juliet, Othello, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream and The Tempest. In addition RCO will be playing two movements from Composer Edward Green's "music for Shakespeare". Mr. Green will he will be at the concert to say a few words. Edward Green is an award-winning composer and educator.

The program includes: Romeo and Juliet Overture, Juliets Waltz Je veux vivre, Romeo and Juliet" Act 1 Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Dio mi potevi from Othello, A Midsummer Nights Dream Wedding March and others..

The cast includes Jerilyn Sackler Director, Nick Bayne and Ariana Fekett Actors, Jenna Calderon Guitarist, Allison Pohl, soprano and William Barone Tenor. Bios are included below.

The Richmond County Orchestra (RCO) celebrates its 15th season of producing professional symphonic performances for the greater Staten Island public in a wide variety of venues throughout the borough.

RCO's programming under Maestro Alan Aurelia is all-inclusive; it attracts soloists of International fame and the best local New York musicians, many who have played with the finest European orchestras. Combined with younger American talent from the major NYC music schools it provides a wonderful student mentoring service.

In addition to presenting free and low cost productions of classical and modern symphonic works, the Orchestra also produces multi-media programs in cooperation with New York based dance companies and have also worked with several visual artists, composers, poets, singers and musicians. The RCO frequently includes many local public school children in their concerts and provides extensive music outreach residencies in local schools and community centers throughout the year.

Jerilyn Sackler Director - Jerilyn Sackler studied at the British American Drama Academy, at Williamstown Theatre Festival as an Acting Apprentice, with the Aquila Theatre Co. in a performance workshop at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theatre, and with Jenny Buckman of R.A.D.A. in a performance workshop of "The Tempest". Recent work includes "Taming of the Shrew" with Pulse Ensemble, Prism in "Importance of Being Earnest" , Witch # 1 in MacBeth at the Clurman on Theatre Row, and Birbal in Chuck Mee's "Coney Island Avenue" at New York Theatre Workshop.

Jenna Calderon, guitarist - Jenna Calderon is from Staten Island, NY. She began her musical career in high school when she picked up the guitar. For college, she attended The Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island where she studied classical guitar performance and mathematics. During this time Jenna also played electric guitar with the group Not From Concentrate and currently with The Haight. After college Jenna decided to become a music teacher, earning a Master's Degree from Columbia Teachers College. Ms. Calderon currently teaches at Staten Island Technical High School and performs regularly.

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