Thank you for joining us for Two if by Sea!
December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM
Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University
1531 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
FREE Children’s Concert:
December 4, 2016
Activities begin at 3:30 PM; Concert begins at 4:30 PM
Lake Nokomis Community School
5209 30th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
“Two If By Sea”
Batten down the hatches for this musical exploration of tempest-tossed seas. Dame Ethel Smyth’s Three Preludes from her opera The Wreckers tells the tale of a Cornish village accustomed to looting the remains of shipwrecks upon its shores. Peter Grimes also tells the tale of a coastal village and its inhabitants’ relationship with the sea.
Britten’s Four Sea Interludes portrays the sea at dawn, when a storm breaks, on a peaceful Sunday morning, and in the moonlight. We will also reprise our 2003 premiere of MPO’s principal oboeist Diane Benjamin’s gently turbulent work Ocean Motion. As the tempest subsides, a final chord sounds, symbolizing the power and expanse of the sea.
We’ll also take a break from the storms with another work by Britten, Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, featuring the MPO’s very own Ryan Golden.
These works provide a nautical foundation for the hands-on kids’ activities available for families before our free Sunday concert on December 4.
Smyth – Three Preludes from The Wreckers
Britten – Movements for a Clarinet Concerto (Ryan Golden, clarinet)
Benjamin – Ocean Motion
Britten – Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes