Friday, April 03
4:00 PM

  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Approx. 2 hours
  • $47, 57 (reserved)

Sponsored by Thomas V. &
Susan G. Reilly

Chamber III: Futility of Conflict

The evocative English poet A. E. Housman inspired many English composers to set his beautiful, wistful and at times devastating texts. This deeply poignant program featuring several such compositions from 1909-19 including Ralph Vaughan Williams, friends Ivor Gurney and Herbert Howells, along with John Ireland and George Butterworth, a composer of great talent who was tragically killed at age 31 during the 1916 Battle of the Somme. This concert will take you on a moving journey from songs written literally in the trenches, to Howells’ Elegy written in memory of a dear friend killed in battle and culminating in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ immensely powerful work, On Wenlock Edge.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams
Four Hymns

Edward Elgar
Adagio from Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85

John Ireland
Settings of Rupert Brooke

Ivor Gurney
“In Flanders” and “Severn Meadows”

George Butterworth
Six songs from A Shropshire Lad


Herbert Howells
Elegy for Viola and Piano, Opus 15

Ivor Gurney
“By a Bierside”

Ralph Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge


Giovanni Guzzo, violin
Benny Kim, violin
Robin Ashwell, viola
Philip Dukes, viola
Eric Kim, cello
Keith Robinson, cello
Sebastian Knauer, piano
Anna Tilbrook, piano
Benjamin Hulett, tenor

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