Karim Sulayman, tenor | Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Highlights from King Arthur and Dido & Aeneas
The great Henry Purcell wrote his most majestic music for royal events at Westminster Abbey – from joyous birthday celebrations for the Queen to the heartbreakingly beautiful lamentations at her funeral. Vocal soloists, strings, lutes, recorders, trumpets, percussion, organ, and the acclaimed Apollo’s Singers join in this sumptuous program.
*SATURDAY NIGHT: Toast the opening of the season at a light dessert reception with the performers. FREE! (Scroll down for concert dates.)
PRE-CONCERT TALK by John Lenti one hour before each concert
John Lenti’s lecture will focus on Purcell, the divine harmonist. Purcell’s harmonies are the most exquisitely wrought of any baroque composer, and the continuo section (keyboards, theorbo, and guitar) reinforces those harmonies by improvising a rich chordal accompaniment. Let John give you an insider’s view of how it works and how it feels to make up Purcell as you go along.
and Herb & Jody Wainer