London ensemble opens Music in the Park Series

The Schubert Ensemble of London

The Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series 2017-18 season will begin Sunday, Oct. 8, with the Schubert Ensemble of London, one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave.

 

The ensemble’s eclectic program will feature Vaughan Williams’ romantic and rarely performed Piano Quintet in C-minor; Franz Schubert’s much-beloved “Trout” quintet; and “The Whole Earth Dances,” a new, nature-inspired work by young British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

 

Frances-Hoad says this about her new work: “I am lucky to have a wonderful park just 10 minutes walk from my house. I can leave home and be back within the hour having walked around a lake and under what I imagine to be vaulted roofs made only from trees. . . . Today, when much of the Earth is being polluted, fracked and deforested, it seems particularly important to notice and respect the land, to feel a connection to it.”

Two poems by Ted Hughes, “Thistles” and “Ferns,” inspired her work, she says, “and added a resonance to the thistles and ferns that I see nearly every time I walk. I have tried to imbue the piece with the sense of timelessness that I feel when walking, with his poems in my head.”

 

To buy tickets for the concert, call 651-292-3267 or go to schubert.org.

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