Why Do the Nations?
Stirred by Song
The story of English democracy, its trials and tribulations from Henry VIII to Brexit, cannot possibly be capured in one concert. However, Handel’s rarely heard Birthday Ode to Queen Anne contains one of the most potent texts of the Enlightenment set to music. On this occasion it will be preceded by more Handel, music by Thomas Tallis and music by one of of Australia’s most creative and articulate Englishmen: Andrew Ford.
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585), "Why fum’th in fight?" - Third tune for Archbishop Parker
Andrew Ford (b. 1957), Waiting for the Barbarians
Andrew Ford, The Unquiet Grave
Roger Smalley (1943-2015), Footwork (A Birthday Tango)
Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), "Why do the nations rage?" from Messiah HWV 56
George Frideric Handel, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV 74
Durations: 4' – 9' – 17' – 9' – 15' – interval – 3' – 30'
ADULT $67, CONC. $62, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25
Concert generously supported by Peronelle & Jim Windeyer