Friday, April 19th, 12:00 p.m.
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Derek Maseloff, Horn
Mike Hogue, Tenor
Myles Mocarski, Violin
Michael Ann Page, Violin
Linnea Marchie, Viola
Katie McCarthy, Cello
Jason Gekker, Bass
Benjamin Britten composed the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and the request of Dennis Brain, the premier horn soloist of the era. Framed by a horn solo played on natural harmonics to evoke an atmosphere of far-off, primeval innocence, the Serenade is an extraordinary example of Britten’s ability to set an anthology of texts bound together by a similar theme, in this case, the world of night, sleep and dreams. The twilight atmosphere that characterizes this beautiful and evocative work is offset by the two settings that form its centerpiece- the ‘worm in the rose’ of Blake’s ‘Elegy’ and a nightmarish setting of the anonymous 15th-century ‘Lyke Wake Dirge’.
RSVP not required for the concert
Club Lunch available to members and their guests immediately after the concert. Lunch reservation must be made by 3 pm the day before at (202) 331-7282 ext 3.