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Sat 13th May 2023, 7:30pm

St Saviour’s Church
Sandpit Lane
St Albans

Conductor: Christopher Stark
Soloist: Katie Bray, mezzo soprano

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Mozart: Voi che sapete, from The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio, from The Marriage of Figaro
Keith Marr: Five Songs for Liane
Mendelssohn: Symphony 5 (Reformation)

In the title of his work, Stravinsky used the word “symphonies” (note the plural form) not to label the work as an essay in the symphonic form, but rather in the word’s older, broader connotation, from the Greek, of “sounding together”. The music of the Symphonies draws on Russian folk elements, and is constructed of “contrasting episodes at three different yet related tempos”.

Keith Marr dedicated his Five Songs to a close friend who sadly died, Liane.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, known as the Reformation, was composed in 1830 in honor of the 300th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession.