NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS NOW EXPIRED
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Current government guidelines prevent them from welcoming you to St John’s in person. They hope, however, that you will join them virtually together with your friends, family and anyone else to whom you would like to extend the invitation.
The theme of the concert is ‘Journeys’, both earthbound and spiritual.
With Portugal currently holding the Presidency of the EU Council, they celebrate that maritime nation. They also pay homage to the ultimate literary journey, The Divine Comedy of Dante, whose 700th anniversary is marked this year. Top Portuguese lyric tenor Luis Gomestakes us from 'Inferno' - the word which begins an aria from Verdi's opera Simon Boccanegra about the seafaring Genovese people - to 'Purgatorio' in the possibility of exile envisaged by Benjamin Godard's Dante in an operatic rarity of 1890, and finally heavenwards with da Gama's ‘O paradis’ in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine.
Orchestrally, they will celebrate a hunt through fantastical woods in the ‘All’Ouvertura’ from Sibelius’s second set of Scènes Historiques , then ocean journeys in Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and the poignant quotation of it in Elgar’s thirteenth ‘Enigma Variation’, plus a rarity – the UK premiere of 99-year-old Estonian composer Ester Mägi’s The Sea . A train ride is succinctly and humorously etched in a Johann Strauss polka, and locomotive loving Dvořák evokes the other side of the pond in the finale of his Ninth Symphony, ‘From the New World’. The outstanding performances ofJonathan Bloxham and his Northern Chords Festival Orchestra of young and established professionals in the past three Europe Day Concerts guarantee a concert of the highest order.
You can watch the concert by going to the European Parliament Office in the UK's dedicated Europe Day page here.