Fanfare! Season Opener

Saturday, January 23, 2021, 4 PM
Deanna Tham, music director

Purcell, Overture to Act 4, Fairy Queen
Poulenc, Suite Francaise
Birtwistle, Bach Measures
Susato, Suite from the Danserye
Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 3

For this Fanfare! Season opener, we’re proud to present music filled with glory, adventure, and unbridled creativity. There’s a spirit of buzzing excitement and infinite possibility when an art form is finding itself— a baring of uninhibited humanity as we explore what we really feel and how to scream it to the world. This is the spirit we hope to bring: wide-eyed exhilaration that thrills all the senses.

Henry Purcell’s magical and mystical rendition of the Fairy Queen explores the raw human passion and desire in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Poulenc and Susato investigate the rustic and gritty renaissance dance. And finally, a beautifully colorful setting of Bach’s Chorale Preludes by Harrison Birtwistle, followed by the unrestrained genius of J.S. Bach’s third orchestral suite.