Britten, Before and Beyond

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ticket Information

Tickets range from $35-$45 with student discounts available.

7:30 PM
Presented By
The Chicago Chamber Musicians
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Jeremiah Frederick

Britten was a great admirer of the late-Elizabethan
composer John Dowland. This is a rare chance to
hear two original Dowland works and the distinctive,
modern Britten works they inspired. Guitarist
Denis Azabagic performs the reflective Nocturnal
After John Dowland
for “guitar soliloquy,” a set of
variations on Dowland’s lute song ‘Come, heavy
sleep.’ The piece explores the dream world and
its sometimes gloomy and unsettling undertones.
Lachrymae for viola and piano is a setting of
Dowland’s ‘If My Complaints Could Passions Move.’
In both works, Britten displays his musical genius
through the power of song, even when voiced without
words. Baritone Thomas Meglioranza artfully
demonstrates Poulenc’s vastly different approach to
song. This cycle, inspired by the poems of Max Jacob,
is a sly and madcap burlesque romp.

Ensemble Name
The Chicago Chamber Musicians
Britten, Butterworth, Mozart, Dowland, Poulenc

Arthur Butterworth Romanza for Horn and String Quartet
Mozart Quintet for Winds and Piano, K. 452
Dowland Flow My Tears
Dowland If My Complaints Could Passions Move
Britten Nocturnal After John Dowland
Britten Lachrymae, Op. 48a, “Reflections on a Song of John Dowland”
Poulenc Le bal masqué

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue The Music Institute of Chicago
Evanston, IL