Evansville Philharmonic evokes the sounds of “Downton Abbey”

Posted on: January 16, 2015

“The Evansville Philharmonic will be performing music from the time period of Downton Abbey this weekend—a concept inspired by a similar performance by the Dallas Wind Symphony in Texas,” writes Kelly Gifford in Thursday’s (1/15) Evansville Courier and Press (Indiana; subscription required). “ ‘I heard about the Dallas show and thought the idea would blend perfectly with our classics series and would connect well with our audience,’ [music] director Alfred Savia said. The orchestra will take the stage at The Victory at 7 p.m. Saturday and will perform music that spans the course of the series, with the possibility some tunes may be familiar to avid Downton fans.… The concert begins with ‘The Wasps,’ composed by famed English music figure Ralph Vaughan Williams. ‘The Ballad of Mack the Knife,’ from German composer Kurt Weill, will be featured as well as Harlem jazz-inspired selections from composer Darius Milhaud called ‘The Creation of the World.’ … Although not all of the selections are from English composers, Savia wanted to embody the mood of what people living in that time period were going through. The threat of war and the transition into the roaring 1920s made for some tough selections, Savia said, but the diversity will make for a dynamic performance.”

Posted January 16, 2015