Prairie Performances

A Chamber Music Potpourri

man standing at a piano

On this week's Prairie Performances, Friday night at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9: The first three works on this chamber program form a unique retrospective: Poulenc’s Suite Française emulates the music of the Renaissance dance suite; Britten’s Nocturne (a song cycle for tenor) is set to the poetry of English literary masters from centuries past, including Shelley, Tennyson, Coleridge, and Shakespeare; and Respighi’s Trittico Botticeliano is inspired by three paintings from 15th-century Italian master Sandro Botticelli. The evening closes with a reinterpretation of a classic, University of Illinois faculty member Jim Pugh’s arrangement of Elgar’s Enigma Variations for brass choir and percussion.


A Chamber Music Potpourri” (3/13/15)

Sinfonia da Camera
Ian Hobson, conductor
Justin Vickers, tenor


Pieces performed:

Poulenc | Suite Française

Britten | Nocturne, Op. 60

Britten | Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Respighi | Trittico Botticelliano

Elgar | Enigma Variations (Variations on an Original Theme), Op. 36 (arr. Pugh)