The Classical Performing Arts

are frequently

SHOWCASED 

at Shakesperience Fest -

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- exciting new growth for

our next exciting new decade!

 

 

Did you know?  Shakespeare is the father not just of European and American classical theatre, but he provided signficant inspiration for the other classical art forms too - such as ballet, poetry, symphony and opera. 

So in 2013 as a celebration of ISE's Fifth Anniversary Milestone, Shakesperience Fest e-x-p-a-n-d-e-d to house - -alongside our Mainstage full length plays - -an annual al fresco summer showcase that provides the community with a chance to sample the Metro's premier classical performing arts groups - - for FREE! 

We've actually been in frequent partnership with many of these area leadership arts and Library groups from the begining of our festival in either pre-show or in various on-stage capacities. 

But now on the Festival's stages you'll often find full length or dedicated sampler Showcase Performances  featuring our classical performing arts colleagues in "under-the-stars" style!

 

THE DETAILS

If there is a better way to enjoy Iowa's lauded riches of Ballet, String Quartet, Poetry, Literature, Opera or other classical art forms than under a full moon along a sparkling outdoor Riverwalk - with the summer wind in your hair, shoes off and a luxurious picnic by your side... well, we just don't know about it!

Or except of course, if we could make it FREE!

And being Iowa Shakespeare, holding the honor of fostering the classics for free in Iowa's Capital ...that's just what we've done! HUZZAH! Our new Classic Arts Showcase nights are going to be FREE!

So do NOT miss out: come and savor MORE during "the best nights of summer!" 


 

 

RE 2017 CLASSICAL ARTS SHOWCASE:


DUE TO THE NATURE OF OUR 2017 SHOW AND TO OUR UNIQUE 2017 URBAN VENUE on the Rooftop,

ISE will not host a Classical Performing Arts segment this year.  But check back to see what we have in store for the NEXT summer Shakesperience Festival!  


One thing we can promise:  here at ISE, we will always be "keepin' it fresh"

 

 

"BLAST FROM THE PAST"

The Classical Performing Arts at Shakesperience Fest 2016 featured:

European Touring Artist and ISE Fan Favorite Marie Schmidt Fuller, MM

who presented 2 lovely Operatic sets that were showcase moments during the midst of our 2016 show!  Marie is an incredible coloratura Soprano who was extremely well-recieved by our 2016 audiences- along with the lyrical dance work from long time ISE Choreographer Sara Lyons.

Thank you Marie and Sara!

 



Bring back fond memories from prior years, and enjoy the review below of activities from 2014 and prior!

PAST YEARS AT THE FESTIVAL:

CLASSICAL ARTS SHOWCASE

2014


LYRICAL OPERA SAMPLER AT SHAKESPERINCE FEST

Festival Season 2014 is proud to provide a FREE showcase sampler of lyrical Opera, during nightly Intermission Concerts that will take place at the Fest.  

Featuring the work of Marie Schmidt, MM, a coloratura Soprano, the showcase will offer audiences a sample of music from Marie's European tours - -as well as favorites which feature music from works written specifically for Shakespearean based operas.  Come enjoy!



DOWN MEMORY LANE

PAST CLASSICAL ARTS SHOWCASES


MEMORIES OF 2013

KICKING THINGS OFF RIGHT

THE ISE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR:

the Debut show of

THE CLASSIC ARTS AT SHAKESPERIENCE FEST

FREE! 

Starry Starry Nite  Ballet, Belin and the Bard 2013

 

 

In the May 2013 special issue of Cityview's huge Summer Arts and Entertainment Preview, the Cityview Editor described the robust new partnership being formed by ISE, Ballet Des Moines and the Belin String Quartet (of Des Moines Civic Music Assocation) as having created a "trifecta" of some of the region's most noted classic arts organizations.  This show, in honor of ISE's 2013 5th Anniversary, pointed the way to the future growth of the festival into a classical performing arts showcase, as ISE continues to grow into its mission. 

Having worked closely with both organizations in the past, ISE was gratified to have a chance to begin to grow the festival towards other broad, al fresco classic arts festivals like Chicago's Ravinia and New York or Boston's Tanglewood.  So hosted by none other than Miss Iowa, this show kicked off that growth with a bang.  

The show was a picnic-friendly collage of the classic arts of String Quartet and Ballet - --with a throughline taken from the Bard so that the show was laced with some of Shakespeare's great scenes.  Like all Shakesperience Fest shows, the evening was a terrific way to celebrate summer - grab your sweetheart and a picnic basket with your best linen napkins, meet up with friends along the riverwalk - -and even bring the kids. 

There was something for everyone - - it was a huge hit -- a very special moonlit night to remember - -a way to freshly experience these great organizations the way the Greeks performed their art: under the stars - so that (as they believed) "the gods could see them better". 

So under the supportive reign of Miss Iowa, this kick off show celebrated the most Royal of the classical performing arts - and audiences found everything from exhilerating ballet to fairy-dusted laughs - - and everything from some of Shakespeare's great overtures to the great monologues of Shakespeare.

 

CLASSIC ARTS IN THE UPCOMING SEASONS:

 

In Festival Season 2013, ISE also announced an exciting new partnership with other representatives of the Classic Arts- in this case, or the Art Form of Poetry!  ISE was proud to announce a new collaboration with one of the Metro's largest youth-serving poetry organizations (serving 7 area Junior Highs), winner of a prestigious new Award from the United Way.  Watch for news of ISE's collaboration with RunDSM as we go forward in the future!  



PRIOR MULTI-DISCIPLINARY

PERFORMING ARTS COLLABORATIONS

AT EARLY SHAKESPERIENCE FESTIVALS

Festival 2012:  2012 provided just a slice of classical Madrigal music, featured directly within our acclaimed Romeo and Juliet production of that year.


Festival 2011:  2011 found us showcasing classical folk music - the music which dated back into the middle 1800s - in our Mark TWAINment Tonite show.


Festival 2010:  2010 brought on line our first major collaboration with Ballet Des Moines, as Ballet Corps II Dancers were a key element of our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream Extravaganza.


Festival 2009:  2009 featured our initial partnership with the Belin String Quartet, which opened for our shows in preshow concerts that year. 

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