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Musical celebrations commemorate Hudson, St. Luke’s Orchestra and Purcell birth • Brooklyn Paper

Musical celebrations commemorate Hudson, St. Luke’s Orchestra and Purcell birth

Inspirations ranging from the quadricentennial of the Hudson River, to the 350th anniversary of the birth of Henry Purcell, and the 35th anniversary of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, have found a distillation in the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble program, “Magical History Tour,” which spans roughly 330 years of music and features the world premiere of a St. Luke’s commissioned-work.

“Magical History Tour” begins with two selections by Purcell:a suite of instrumental selections from the 1689 opera/masque “The Fairie Queen”; and the “Chaconne in G minor” (c. 1680) for strings and continuo. The program then jumps forward to the 20th century, featuring “Nocturne: A Night Piece” (c. 1918) for flute and strings by Arthur Foote, the first American composer to complete his composition studies in the US; selections from John’s “Book of Alleged Dances,” a 1994 work by John Adams; and the world premiere of “For Marianne,” a work for solo flute by Joan Tower commissioned by St. Luke’s to honor Orchestra of St. Luke’s President Marianne Lockwood, who retires in August after leading the organization for 35 years.

The performance is at the Brooklyn Museum, February 27, 2 p.m.

The St. Luke’s musicians performing are Elizabeth Mann, flute; Naoko Tanaka and Mitsuru Tsubota, violin; Louise Schulman, viola; Daire FitzGerald, cello; John Feeney, bass and Robert Wolinsky, harpsichord.

For more, visit www.oslmusic.org. Tickets are $35; call 212-594-6100.

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