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The John and Helen Schaefer Masterworks series

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
David Morgan, tuba

Coleridge-Taylor: Danse nègre from African Suite
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture
Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations

  • Coleridge-Taylor, son of a Sierra Leone Creole physician and English woman, achieved such success when touring the U.S. in the early 1900s that he was likened to Mahler
  • The hugely popular The Wasps Overture is a brilliant marrying of Ravel’s French influence with broad, thoroughly English humor
  • “The Vaughan Williams concerto is robust with fantastic melodies and gives the audience a chance to really hear what the tuba can do, both technically and musically.”

    – David Morgan, Principal Tuba
  • A work of both seriousness and humor, Elgar dedicated the variations “to my friends pictured within,” each variation a musical sketch of one of his close acquaintances

Presented by
Splendido at Rancho Vistoso