English Garden

Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8 pm


Advance ticket sales for this performance are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30pm on Saturday.


Concert Conversation with John Birge and Craig Kirchhoff at 7 pm

VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble
Philip Brunelle and Craig Kirchhoff, conductors

Although he was born in Australia, Percy Grainger lived in England from 1901 to 1914, during the height of the Edwardian era. He was a concert pianist, a composer and an avid collector of folk music, capturing more than 300 songs on Edison wax cylinders in his countryside rambles. Perhaps his most famous composition is his arrangement of “Country Gardens,” which reveals his fascination with the charming and whimsical melodies of England.

VocalEssence and the University of Minnesota Concert Wind Ensemble will combine forces in an all-Grainger program for our English Garden. During the wintery winds of a Minnesota March this concert is guaranteed to feel like Spring — which is just around the corner.


Listen to Percy Grainger himself, in a pianola recording of Country Gardens made in 1919

brunelle-english-garden.mp32.07 MB
grainger-dublin-bay.mp31.6 MB
Danny Boy Performed by the Ensemble Singers.mp37.21 MB