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Sat, Oct 01


Second Church in Newton

Serenades and Illuminations

The first concert of Season 45 featuring the music of Strauss, Britten, and Brahms.

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Serenades and Illuminations
Serenades and Illuminations

Time & Location

Oct 01, 2022, 8:00 PM

Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland St, West Newton, MA 02465, USA

About the event

CONCERT 1: Serenades and Illuminations

Saturday, October 1, 2022

David Angus, conductor & Omar Najmi, tenor


STRAUSS Serenade in E-flat Major, op. 7

BRITTEN Les Illuminations, op. 18

BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 in D Major, op. 11

Pro Arte welcomes conductor David Angus and tenor Omar Najmi for an enchanting program of two retrospective serenades and one visionary song cycle.  The Romantic serenades by Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms stem from a Classical genre of music traditionally performed outdoors in the evening.  Although Strauss’s noble Serenade in E-flat is small in proportion—a single movement for thirteen winds—it launched his career as a renowned composer and conductor.  By contrast, Brahms’s robust Serenade in D rivals his symphonies in terms of length.  In Les Illuminations, Benjamin Britten sets the fantastical poetry of French Romantic poet Arthur Rimbaud to equally dazzling music for voice and string orchestra.

Digital Program

Watch On-Demand October 8-16

Read the review from Boston Classical Review.

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