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Program Six • London Calling! Fun in Cockaigne!

August 6, 2023

Add to Calendar2023-08-06 5:00 pm2023-08-06 5:00 pmEDTProgram Six • London Calling! Fun in Cockaigne!Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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Program Six offers an entertaining and wholly original tour through half a century of British light music with a commentary by Christina Baade, whose publications include the multiple award-winning Victory Through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II. Spanning the period from pre-World War I music hall to Windrush generation calypso, by way of classics from Ivor Novello, Vera Lynn, Noël Coward, Noel Gay, and many more, this includes selections from Vaughan Williams’s all-but-forgotten operetta The Poisoned Kiss, flanked by examples of the 1920s jazz and tango that helped inspire it.


5 pm Performance with commentary by Christina Baade; with Martin Luther Clark, tenor; Theo Hoffman, baritone; Sun-Ly Pierce, mezzo-soprano; Ann Toomey, soprano; Bard Festival Ensemble; and others

A celebration of Music Hall and pop traditions from Gilbert and Sullivan to the Beatles, with works by Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900), Roger Quilter (1877–1953), Percy Grainger (1882–1961), Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Lord Berners (1883–1950), Eric Coates (1886–1957), Ivor Novello (1893–1951), Noël Coward (1899–1973), Arthur Benjamin (1893–1960), and others

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

From The Poisoned Kiss (1927–29; rev.)


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