The Nash Ensemble of London
Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 7:30 PM

As part of the Shakespeare in Washington festival, "Britain's premier chamber ensemble" (The Times of London) and special guest Susan Bickley perform a Bard-inspired world premiere and more.

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About

Part of the Citywide Festival Shakespeare in Washington

An integral part of British musical life for more than 40 years, The Nash Ensemble of London boasts an eclectic repertoire, from the classics to the contemporary to lesser-known gems for harp and wind instruments. As part of the citywide Shakespeare in Washington celebration, the ensemble performs a Bard-inspired world-premiere commission composed for the group by David Matthews. The new work will feature opera star Susan Bickley, hailed as a performer "with astonishing beauty and power" by The Guardian (London). Other program highlights include Stravinsky's harmonic Three Songs from William Shakespeare, two works by Mozart, and Ravel's Introduction and Allegro--a shimmering septet in which the harp takes center stage.  

"Britain's premier chamber ensemble" --The Times of London  

"Great polish and heart-warming dedication" --Gramophone Magazine  

Program and Notes

W.A. Mozart
Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b
David Matthews
Terrible beauty for medium voice, flute, harp, and string quartet
Commissioned by The Nash Ensemble of London for the Citywide Festival Shakespeare in Washington.
Maurice Ravel
Introduction and Allegro
Igor Stravinsky
Three Songs from William Shakespeare for Voice, Flute, Clarinet, and Viola
W.A. Mozart
Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581

Artists

  • Jean Rigby - Mezzo-Soprano

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