The question of English vs. European music prior to, say, 1870 always stirs up debate among diners here at Classical Cafe, but it is far too complex a subject for a short blog post. Suffice it to say, though, British music began to have significant impacts on world concert hall programs in the 20th Century with composers such as Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Frederick Delius, William Walton, and Benjamin Britten.
The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra (Lucas Richman conducting) takes a look at some of 20th Century British music in "Hail Britannia" this Sunday afternoon at the Bijou Theatre.
Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite is from 1926, and is based on, and is flavored by, a series of Renaissance dances.
Benjamin Britten (1913-76, pictured) will be represented by two works: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. In the Serenade, the horn soloist is KSO principal horn Jeffery Whaley; the tenor will be Cody Boling.
Gustav Holst's St. Paul Suite from 1912 wraps up the program.
The concert is January's installment of the Chamber Classics Series--at the Bijou at 2:30 pm. KSO tickets: 865.291.3310, online, or at the door