Milligan spring concert will be ‘A Salute to English Music’
Published 12:51 pm Friday, April 1, 2022
The Milligan Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kellie Brown, will present a spring concert highlighting centuries of musical excellence from the English repertoire on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel.
Selections will include “Rhosymedre” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “On the Banks of the Green Willow” by George Butterworth, and “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Grainger. English music for the screen will also be featured including John Lunn’s music from Downton Abbey and excerpts from Dario Marianelli’s score to Pride and Prejudice.
“The English have always excelled at writing beautifully and idiomatically for string instruments,” says Dr. Brown. “It is such a pleasure to present a program that celebrates the wealth of music they have gifted to us.” The Milligan Orchestra will also welcome multiple guest performers including Matthew Brickey, organist at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, who will be performing “Meditation for Organ and Strings” by Alec Rowley. Vocal performance major Katie Cochran will be singing excerpts from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, and Jamie Buxton, Milligan’s assistant professor of Musical Theatre, will make her debut with the Milligan Orchestra singing “The Last Rose of Summer” by Flotow and Lerner & Loewe’s beloved song “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady.
The Milligan Concert Choir, which is directed by Dr. Noah DeLong, will also join the orchestra in performing some of the great English anthems including “The Lord Is My Shepherd” by Howard Goodall, Handel’s Coronation Anthem No. 2 “Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened,” and John Rutter’s “The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation,” which will be performed in memory of the late Thomas Crawford, long-time woodwind professor.