A SECOND CONCERT HAS BEEN ADDED FOR MARCH 15
Music of Downton Abbey
7:30pm Saturday, March 8, 2014
7:30pm Saturday, March 15, 2014
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
Tickets are also on sale at the bookshop in St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (stop by Tues-Fri 10am-2pm)
Tickets will also be available at the door.
What fun was had March 8th! Click here to download your photo from the photo gallery
Downton Abbey has some of the most dedicated fans in television, and each spring they go into withdrawal when the season ends. To help curb the pain, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota proudly announces the second concert of its 34th season, The Music of Downton Abbey. The beautiful acoustic of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis will serve as the backdrop for this concert of English music inspired by the popular PBS television drama, Downton Abbey.
The combined choral and orchestral forces of over 100 musicians will guide attendees through a musical tour of post-Edwardian England by pairing musical selections with memorable events from the story line of the Downton Abbey series. In addition to the performance of several well-known gems of this era, like Parry’s I Was Glad, the concert will feature one world premiere, and two U.S. premieres, of recently rediscovered works from this time period.
Actress Marsha Smith, who will be playing the role of a fictional visitor to Downton Abbey, will dramatically convey the history of each piece to the audience. Sections of the concert will be linked by instrumental music from the Downton Abbey soundtrack. The audience will even have a chance to get in on the action when they are invited to sing three of the most iconic British hymns: Parry’s Jerusalem, Holst’s I Vow to Thee My Country, and Thomas Arne’s Rule, Britannia!
Downton Abbey Suite and other selections
I Was Glad
Nightfall (U.S. Premiere)
Crossing the Bar (World Premiere)
My Soul, There is a Country
As Torrents in Summer
Beloved, Let Us Love (U.S. Premiere)
Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline (selections)
Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge
Hymns to be sung by chorus and audience:
I Vow to Thee My Country (Thaxted)