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Music for the English Theater by Henry Purcell (a Friends of Music at Pequot Library Concert)

Friday, December 07, 2012, 07:30pm

Eugene_Sirotkine_Conducting_002Eugene Sirotkine returns for our third concert, this time as conductor of a choral and instrumental ensemble with outstanding soloists to present a program of music written for the English theatre.  The music is by Henry Purcell, the most important of all English composers, and lyrics by his contemporaries including Dryden, Blow, Tate and D’Urfey.  This will be a magical concert of delightful music, sometimes saucy, sometimes deeply emotional, always beautiful.

The Program:

Selections from:

  • King Arthur
  • Dido and Aeneas
  • The Fairy Queen
  • Amphitryon
  • Oedipus

and others...

The Musicians:

Soloists, instrumental ensemble & chamber chorus
conducted by Eugene Sirotkine

Full Program & Notes

The concert will be followed by a reception, a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors and to meet the musicians.

Tickets available at the door!

Ticket Price: $30 each

Discount of $5 per ticket available for Pequot Library Association (PLA) members at the Advocate ($100) level and above. Join today and save!


About Henry Purcell (10 September 1659 (?)– 21 November 1695):

Henry Purcell was an English composer, who created a uniquely English form of Baroque music (although
he incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions) and is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers. Born in Westminster, Purcell's father was a musician, and one of his brothers, Daniel, was also a composer. He is said to have begun composing at age 9 (although his earliest known work dates from 1670), and was appointed organist of Westminster Abbey in 1679, following in the footsteps of his teacher, John Blow. In addition to music composed for the theater, Purcell was a profilic composer of sacred music. His influence lives on today, found even in modern rock and roll music and popular film.


Location : Auditorium and Main Reading Room
Contact : Elizabeth Patterson