Occurs on Saturday April 7 2018

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Vashon Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

Performance Notes

× Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra

Benjamin Britten & Henry Purcell Saturday, April 7 @7:30PM “As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes; and as poetry is a rise above prose and oratory, so is music the exaltation of poetry.” – Henry Purcell The spring concert will showcase two iconic English composers from different eras. Benjamin Britten’s pastoral Simple Symphony is based on 8 melodies the composer wrote as a child. The work is full of youthful exuberance and joy with the rich sonorities for which Britten is known. Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Written at the height of Purcell’s abilities it contains some of the finest music for the theater written during Baroque era. Purcell, like Shakespeare, had a great sense of both comedy and drama. The Fairy Queen runs the full range from laugh out loud silliness to delicate beauty to grand triumph and everything in between. Soprano soloist - Jennifer Krikawa

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