Music of Madness
June 12 | more information coming soon
June 13 | more information coming soon
Single tickets go on sale October 1.
At Christmas, he spoke nonsense for 59 hours straight and lost his voice. He tried to teach music to his birds. It was not surprising to receive a letter from him containing 400-word sentences. While the exact causes can only be guessed, the stories of King George III’s madness have lived on.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies captured this with his monodrama, Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969), scored for baritone (in our case, Tom Dreeze), chamber ensemble and percussion. The experience is immersive and rich with jarring theatrics, and musicians playing in...well, you’ll just have to see.
Paired with Eight Songs is an original composition about Gesualdo - also of the nobility, and a real gem of a guy who murdered his wife (and her lover) for cheating.