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A Necessary Lightness


  • Location: Metropolitan United Church 468 Wellington Street
    London ON N6A 3P8
  • Cost: From $17 to $65 (plus processing fee & HST)
  • Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Telephone: 226-270-0910
A Necessary Lightness

London Symphonia’s Principal Oboe Graham Mackenzie shares his polished lyricism through the gentle clarity of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto.

Created toward the end of the second World War, Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto exhibits a surprising gentleness in its pastoral evocation of an England either long past or that never was. Perhaps, looking back, we have been granted a vision as to why a composer such as Vaughan Williams, who most certainly had it within him to portray the darkness and violence of human experience, chose a less burdensome path for this oboe concerto.

Joining this buoyant work is Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, in her own words “a celebration of American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement.”

Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony captures a lightness not often associated with him. From a period including some of his most groundbreaking and monumental works, this last foray into true classicism has often been dismissed as frivolous. Yet this, among his last homages to his classical roots, stands as one of his most perfect expressions of a joyous spirit.

Program

Strum by Jessie Montgomery
Concerto in A minor for Oboe and Strings by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Livestream Viewing Party: Pricing to be announced

*In-person: $47 Regular, $65 Premium, $17 Student (plus processing fee & HST) *In-Person attendees will require proof of full Covid vaccination.*

*20-days prior to performances we will announce in-person ticket availability and the special pandemic health and safety measures required.

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