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"The British are Coming" - Classics Series, Concert 2

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • 7:30 PM
  • Julie Rogers Theatre


   Featuring Ronald White, clarinet

    Boyce: Symphony No. 5
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
    Vaughan Williams: 
          Fantasia on Greensleeves
    Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks



“The British are Coming” on Oct. 25 and offer the opportunity to hear some of the best English melodies ever written -- William Boyce’s Symphony No. 5, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleeves” and George Frideric Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.”  We twist it up with a non-British master – Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” featuring the SOST’s principal clarinetist Ronald White.

Boyce’s Symphony No. 5 leads off this concert. Boyce was a prolific composer of the 18th century who crafted a number of “mini-symphonies,” or short chamber orchestra symphonies, that are filled with charming melodies.

The orchestra’s principal clarinetist Ronald White will be featured on Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto.” White has been playing with the SOST for 22 years. He is also the band director at Kelly High School. Read White's complete bio here.

“Fantasia on Greensleeves” is one of the most famous folk melodies to come from England, and was composed by Williams. The beautiful and haunting arrangement of the memorable themes features harp, flute and strings.

Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" is a fitting finale to the concert with a grand celebration. Handel, born in Halle, Hamberg in 1685, became a British citizen at the age of 27. His masterpiece-operas, the famous "Messiah" and our featured work "Music for the Royal Fireworks," lauded him as a celebrated British composer, whereas, upon his death was buried in Westminster Abbey. This piece was written as celebration music to mark the end of the War of Austrian Succession.

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*Join Maestro Tipton for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. from the Julie Rogers Theatre stage. Pre-concert lectures are made possible by a gift from Dr. & Mrs. Russ Schultz. 

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