English Painters, Poets, and Playwrights
Richard Prior, guest conductor
Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Dawn Harris, director
Join Sinfonia da Camera for an evening of evocative musical imagery inspired by English Painters, Poets, and Playwrights!
The program begins with William Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture, a depiction of Thomas Rowlandson’s painting of the same name, portraying the seaside bustle of the busy port town in southern England. The first half continues with Frank Bridge’s There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook, a reflective tone poem inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Eric Coates’ London Suite depicting London’s historic Convent Garden, Westminster, and Knightsbridge areas. Following intermission, in collaboration with Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, the evening concludes with a lightly-staged, contemporary production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. A comic opera depicting a “breach of marriage” trial, this performance ends with an unexpected new marriage and “joy unbounded!”
Walton: Portsmouth Point Overture
Bridge: There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook
Eric Coates: London Suite
Gilbert and Sullivan: Trial by Jury
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, January 25, at 10am, online only.