Event Calendar

Events for Sunday, February 16, 2020

Heights Chamber Orchestra Concert
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Dean Buck, Conductor
Brian Skoog, Tenor
Van Parker, Horn
Mozart: Magic Flute Overture, K. 620
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

The Magic Flute was an innovative opera that combines comedy, farce, romance, fairy tale, Egyptian mythology, and Masonic elements. The opera features a Queen of the Night villain and her daughter who is rescued by an Egyptian Prince with the aid of a magic flute.

Brian Skoog, tenor, performs Benjamin Britten’s iconic Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. A Cleveland Institute of Music graduate, Brian is an active performer of oratorio and concert work across the United States and is known for his “strong voice” and “fine lyric tenor”.

An Ohio native, Van Parker studied horn performance at the Oberlin Conservatory, A passionate performer of chamber music, Van is a founding member of Cleveland’s Edgewater Brass and performs with The Phoenix Project Wind Quintet and is principal horn with the Colours of Music Festival Orchestra, a unique ensemble showcasing the talents of black, classically trained musicians from throughout the Americas.

Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings is a song cycle for tenor accompanied by a solo horn and a small string orchestra. Composed during World War II, it is a setting of a selection of six poems by British poets on the subject of night, including both its calm and its sinister aspects.

Antonín Dvořák composed the Symphony No. 8 at his summer retreat in celebration of his admission to the Prague Academy. The whole work breathes the spirit of the forests surrounding Dvořák’s country home on a sunny summer’s day, with the birds singing and the leaves of trees rustling in a gentle breeze.

Church of the Gesu
2470 Miramar Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118

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