A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 2017 Spring Season



Dates and Times:
Thursday, June 1, 7:30 pm
Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 3, 2:30 pm
Saturday, June 3, 7:30 pm

Adults: $35-45
Seniors (62+): $30-40
Children and Students: $15-25
*Ticket prices do not include ticket vendor fees

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Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater
Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland

Theater Information:
– The performance will run approximately 2 hours, with a 15-20 minute intermission.
– The box office and will call open 1 hour before each performance.
– Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

About the Program

Oakland Ballet Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a whimsical evening of dance showcasing the choreographic vision of Artistic Director, Graham Lustig. The 2017 spring repertory season program will feature:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Coast Premiere)
Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a lush forest besieged by love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn. Set to Felix Mendelssohn’s score and based on Shakespeare’s enduring play, Lustig’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an exploration of human relationships, and of how people resolve conflicts.

Consort (World Premiere)
Lustig’s newest work, Consort, explores the nature and intrigues of courtly love – drawing its inspiration from Shakespeare’s Fair Youth Sonnets and the music of the English Renaissance, including compositions by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Vaughan Williams. Live accompaniment by Dan Cromeenes, Countertenor and Dominic Schaner, Lutenist.

About the Musicians

Dan Cromeenes is a versatile musician, performing professionally as countertenor soloist, choral singer, and piano accompanist. Originally from southern California, he studied piano and voice at Biola University and received a Master’s degree in accompanying from East Carolina University. He joined Chanticleer for its 2005-06 season, singing concerts across Europe, Japan, and the United States. Other ensembles he performs with include American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, Clerestory, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Berwick Chorus of Oregon Bach Festival. As a soloist he has performed multiple times with the Santa Clara Chorale, including Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. With Marin Baroque he has performed Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, and Utrecht Jubilate; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Blow’s Venus & Adonis (Shepherd/Huntsman); and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (Sorcerer). Other solo performances include Handel’s Te Deum in A Major, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Charpentier’s Le Reniement de St. Pierre, new editions of Alessandro Scarlatti’s works with Arcadiana, and various early music recitals for concert series around the Bay area. Dan participated in the 2014 American Bach Academy as a countertenor soloist. He holds a staff accompanist position at Santa Clara University and works as a freelance vocal coach. When not onstage or behind a piano, Dan can usually be found either on a hike in the mountains or at home baking gourmet goodies.

Lutenist, musicologist and composer Dominic Schaner grew up on a small family farm in rural California. Here, in this infinite expanse of nature, he was introduced to music at a young age.  During his following musical life, Dominic has given concerts as both a solo and ensemble musician throughout North America and in Europe​. In the San Francisco Bay Area, he has collaborated with Schola Cantorum, MusicSources, members of Chanticleer, the San Francisco Early Music Society, Sonoma Bach, MarinBaroque, and Voices of Music. In addition to performance engagements, Dominic has given lectures on the lute and its music at Boston University, the Houghton Library at Harvard, the University of British Columbia at Vancouver, the University of Dallas, and Palomar College. Most recently, Dominic was invited to perform a concert and present a paper of his entitled Il Divino and the Modern Heresy at the Early Music Vancouver Seminar. In his scholarly pursuits, Dominic discovered seven previously unknown works by Luca Marenzio in the collections at Harvard (Houghton MS Mus. 183), and continues to complete important research further illuminating the music of Francesco da Milano through the music of Enriquez de Valderrabano and the Siena Manuscript.  His current research projects explore sixteenth century compositional process, Renaissance ornamentation, and the art of lute intabulation. Dominic studied musicology, theory and composition, and historical performance practice at Boston University and Harvard.  He also studied throughout America and in Europe with such luminaries as Catherine Liddell, David Taylor, Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith, Jacob Heringman, and Crawford Young.  He has served as the guest artist & resident accompanist at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Medieval and Renaissance Seminar, as the lute tutor at the Cambridge Early Music Summer School, and as a lecturer at the Early Music Vancouver Lute Seminar.  Dominic founded and directs the early music ensemble The Euphora Project (Duo Euphora & The Euphora Consort). Dominic lives in West Sonoma County where he curates radio shows for 92.5fm, collects private press records & forages for mushrooms around his home in the forest.  An advocate for those forgotten and silenced by society, Dominic directs arkestras and explores restorative practices with at-risk populations.