The majesty of music and the beauty of the spoken word unite when the Aurea Ensemble from Providence presents "A Child's Christmas in Wales" on Sunday December 23 at 3 and 7 PM at Highfield Hall.
The reading of Dylan Thomas' classic story will be accompanied by stunning performances of the string quartet repertoire including poetry, harmonica playing, drama, and both classical and folk music.
Highfield - decked with 19th century splendor, lighted trees and festive décor - combined with the reading, makes for a unique holiday celebration for family members of all ages.
Tickets are $30 for Historic Highfield members, $40 for non-members and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at highfieldhall.org or by calling 508-495-1878, ext. 303. Early reservations are recommended, as Highfield holiday musical events traditionally sell out.
The 1952 Dylan Thomas masterwork, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," will be read by actor Nigel Gore, whose voice is heard frequently on the BBC. An artist widely considered to be the most exciting and talented actor of his generation in Rhode Island theaters, Mr. Gore was trained at the Rose Bruford College in London, England and at the Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence. Primarily a Shakespeare specialist, Mr. Gore had recent roles as Bottom in "Midsummer Night's Dream," Mark Antony in "Antony & Cleopatra," Claudius in "Hamlet," Sir Toby in "Twelfth Night" and Lavache in "All's Well That Ends Well."
Violinist Charles Sherba, another founding member of The Aurea Ensemble, is the concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Simon Sinfonietta and the Boston Festival Orchestra. He once held the same position with the West Virginia Symphony, the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.
Mr. Sherba's wife and Aurea artistic director and violist, Consuelo Sherba, was awarded the 2008 Rhode Island Pell Award for artistic achievement and was named a 2007 Person of the Year by the Pawtucket Foundation. An active chamber music performer and freelance musician, she is principal violist of the Simon Sinfonietta and performs regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony and the Boston Festival Orchestra.
Harmonica virtuoso Chris Turner was born into a musical family in London, England, and learned harmonica and recorder as a child. He has been playing professionally since 1967, working in a variety of idioms including folk, rock, blues, jazz and country, as well as early and avant-garde music. Mr. Turner travels extensively in the United States, Europe and Africa where he delights audiences worldwide with his voice and unusual wind instruments.