The Nash Ensemble of London
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.
- Tue., Mar. 20, 2007, 7:30 PM
- Terrace Theater
- Approx. 2 hours
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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
- Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b
- Terrible beauty for medium voice, flute, harp, and string quartet
- Commissioned by The Nash Ensemble of London for the Citywide Festival Shakespeare in Washington.
- Introduction and Allegro
- Three Songs from William Shakespeare for Voice, Flute, Clarinet, and Viola
- Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581
- Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano