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Sweet Harmony: English Poetry and Song in the 20th Century

At the dawn of the 20th century, music in the British Isles experienced something of a renaissance as composers like Elgar, Stanford, and Vaughan Williams discovered a new, distinctly “English” sound in their works. Choral music, long a staple of English musical life, played an essential role in this rebirth of national style. Our closing program of the 2014-15 season showcases some of the most spectacular works of secular choral music written by these composers. Among the works featured are Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, a sumptuous setting of words from The Merchant of Venice, and the composer’s elegant Shakespeare Songs. The lush, romantic harmonies of Elgar and Stanford complement the craft and wit of Benjamin Britten’s Five Flower Songs. A suite of folk songs, arranged for chorus and instruments by John Rutter, celebrates another facet of English poetry and song.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:00 PM
St. John Neumann Church
11900 Lawyers Road
Reston, VA

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4:00 PM
Church of the Holy Comforter
543 Beulah Rd
Vienna, VA 22180

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