About "Signifying Nothing!"

For the third consecutive season, Symphony In The Glen collaborates with The Independent Shakespeare Co. to bring a most unusual pairing of classical music and theater to the Old Zoo Festival Stage, on September 5, at 7:00pm.

The concert will consist of two works: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Mozart’s Pantelone and Columbine.

On the first half, we will play one of the most beloved works in the orchestra repertoire: The Four Seasons. However, woven into the music will be readings of several of Shakespeare’s most sensual passages from his plays and sonnets; words that paint the seasons of nature, love and life, as only the Bard could.

The second half will be devoted to the Commedia dell’Arte, the theatrical ancestor of the Three Stooges, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers. The Independent Shakespeare actors will turn their talents to recreating this madcap, raucous theatrical style.

Historical note: In 1783, Mozart received a request from the city of Vienna to compose a ‘pantomime’ for its annual carnival season. He agreed, his only stipulation being that he (Mozart) play the role of Harlequin. His request was agreed to, upon which he sent a letter to his father, Leopold, requesting his father send him his Harlequin costume on the next coach out of Salzburg.

I'd like to say a special word of thanks to Carlo Marchiori whose magical image of "Pulcinella and the Moon" painting serves as the iconic image for this concert. I hope you'll take some time to visit his website to immerse yourself in his wondrous world of Commedia dell'arte.


I hope you’ll join us for this rare treat at the Old Zoo on Saturday, September 5th.


Arthur B. Rubinstein

Music Director









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