“Serenade to Music”
Kristina Boerger, choir director
Orcenith Smith, orchestra director

For the School of Music’s final concert of the season, DePauw University orchestra, choirs and faculty soloists will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Serenade to Music.” Created as a tribute to the English conductor Sir Henry Wood and playwright William Shakespeare, the serenade sets to music a poetic discussion about music from Act V, Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice. The beauty of the work is reported to have moved to tears the celebrated pianist Sergei Rachmaninov, who was performing one of his own pieces on the same program that night in 1938 of Vaughan Williams’s premiere at Royal Albert Hall.

General admission: $3; tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.

PROGRAM:

MENDELSSOHN: "A Midsummer Nights Dream," incidental music, Op. 61
     I. Scherzo
TCHAIKOVSKY: "Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasia" (3rd version, 1880)

     Orcenith Smith, conductor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: "Serenade to Music"

Pamela Coburn, soprano
Caroline Smith, mezzo-soprano
Kerry Jennings, tenor
Charles Stanton, baritone
DePauw Chamber Singers
DePauw University Chorus

     Kristina Boerger, conductor

This performance will run approximately 55 minutes.

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