Coe Concert Choir, Crimson & Gold to present "A British Invasion!"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-11-13 10:47:03 - General

The Coe College Concert Choir and Coe Crimson & Gold will present "A British Invasion!" on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe campus. Featuring all things British from 15th century war songs and hymns to madrigals, art songs and music by the Beatles, the concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Coe Music Professor Marc Falk, a centerpiece of the concert will be Benjamin Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia." The piece, which includes text by W.H. Auden, was written by Britten in the early 1940s as a tribute St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Britten was also born on St. Cecilia's Day, Nov. 22.

The piece was originally a poem by Auden titled "Three Songs for St. Cecilia's Day." However, Britten had long wanted to dedicate a song to St. Cecilia. He began writing "Hymn to St. Cecilia" in late 1940, but decided to move back to England in the midst of World War II. Customs officials confiscated all of his work on the piece, fearing it may be some type of code. Britten was forced to rewrite the entire piece, finishing it on April 2, 1942, while onboard the M.S. Axel Johnson en route to England.

Other numbers to be presented include "Twentieth and Twenty-First Century English Song," "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" and "Just as the Tide was Flowing," all by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Coe Crimson & Gold will perform songs made famous by the Beatles, including "In My Life" and "Yellow Submarine," both written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

For more information, call 399-8581.