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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 24, 2020 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, Sheku Kanneh-Mason by Christian Meuwly
Called a “virtuoso who knows how to connect with his audience” (The Seattle Times), Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs Elgar’s melancholic Cello Concerto, written after the tragedy of the first World War. Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time also reflects on a troubled time, the Kristallnacht attacks on Jews in 1938 and the rise of Nazism. His deeply moving plea for tolerance is anchored in its beautiful writing for solo voice and stunning use of African American spirituals as meditations on human suffering.

Part of: International Festival of Orchestras II


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Music Director and Conductor
Talise Trevigne, Soprano
Felicity Palmer, Mezzo-Soprano
Joshua Stewart, Tenor
Matthew Brook, Bass-Baritone
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Simon Halsey, Chorus Director


ELGAR Cello Concerto

TIPPETT A Child of Our Time

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This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

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