The orchestra begins the program by performing a simple, catchy theme by 17th-century British composer Henry Purcell. After that, different sections of the ensemble woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion take turns playing variations, with help from a narrator, who points out what's going on. All the sections reunite at the end. "[Britten] captures the essence of each instrument and really makes each one stand out," says Grams. "Classical music can infiltrate your life at any point and affect you in some way. In a program like this, there's a unifying effect in people of different ages and perspectives enjoying a shared experience."
Sat., Nov. 11, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.