MASTERWORKS: Crossing the Atlantic

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8 PM

Kresge Auditorium at MIT

Featuring Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Crown Imperial

An American in Paris

A Child of Our Time

William Walton

George Gershwin

Michael Tippett



Indra Thomas, soprano

Joanna Porackova, mezzo-soprano

Ray Bauwens, tenor

Ron Loyd, baritone

With the New England Conservatory Youth Chorale and New England Conservatory Concert Choir

Jonathan Richter, director


The CSO’s season opener for the 2016-2017 season begins with a coronation: the Crown Imperial march that played for King George IV in 1937. From that triumphant beginning, we move to George Gershwin’s jazzy 1928 tone poem, An American in Paris, inspired by the clattering taxi horns and irresistible romance of the French capital.


As the centerpiece of this concert, the CSO is joined by four acclaimed soloists and two choirs coming together for Michael Tippett’s powerful oratorio A Child of Our Time. Written during the rise of the Nazis in prewar Germany, in response to the oppression of Europe’s Jewish population, the work crosses the ocean to integrate African-American spirituals into its universal cry for peace and healing.


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The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra thanks the Massachusetts Cultural Council for supporting our 2016-17 season.





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