Thirteen Strings opens 2013-2014 concert season on November 10th with a very special Remembrance Day tribute
Thirteen Strings’ first concert of its 2013-2014 season has a special theme — Flanders Reflections.
This concert will mark Remembrance Day with music and poetry. Central to the concert is the famous war poem In Flanders Fields by the Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write the poem on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer. As with his earlier poems, In Flanders Fields continues McCrae’s preoccupation with death and how it stands as the transition between the struggle of life and the peace that follows. It is written from the point of view of the dead. It speaks of their sacrifice and serves as their command to the living to press on.
The first half of the concert starts off with Edward Elgar’s nostalgic Serenade for Strings; the orchestra is then joined by tenor soloist Adam Fisher and Lawrence Vine, horn, to perform Benjamin Britten’s moving Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. With this work, the orchestra continues its celebration of 2013 and the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth.
The second half of the concert is given over to the theme of Remembrance. This concert on the eve of Remembrance Day will mark the passing of those who gave their lives in the quest for peace. Elgar’s Nimrod is coupled with Kingston composer John Burge’s Loved and Were Loved from his Flanders Fields Reflections. McCrae’s poem is read by Rob Clipperton and the 1921 hymn I vow to thee, my country with music by Gustav Holst and words by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, is performed in remembrance of British diplomat Spring-Rice, who died overnight on a visit to Rideau Hall in 1928 and is buried in Beechwood Cemetery.
But the world wars were also a time when people came together and part of this comfort is remembered in song – particularly the songs of Vera Lynn. The orchestra hands over proceedings to Garth Hampson, soloist and retired RCMP Staff Sgt., who will lead the audience in some of the classic war songs of yesteryear: We’ll Meet Again, White Cliffs of Dover, Keep the Home Fires Burning, We’ll Gather Lilacs, Till We Meet Again and the extraordinarily beautiful Roses of Picardy.
The Thirteen Strings concert will be performed November 10th at 2pm at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa.
Tickets are available at the door, online at www.thirteenstrings.ca at all CD Warehouse locations, at Compact Music outlets and at Leading Note or by calling (613) 738-7888.
Free admittance to War Service Veterans, and a special ticket price of $10 to accompanying friends and family members. (Please present yourselves to the ticket desk on entering the church.)
For further information, contact Guylaine Lemaire, Executive Director, Thirteen Strings – (613) 355-5044, email@example.com