Under the title “Behold, the Sea Itself!”, the orchestra and choir of the University of Bremen will perform British composer Vaughn Williams’ symphony “A Sea Symphony,” written for choir and orchestra and inspired by texts by Walt Whitman. The extremely demanding piece is one of the most underrated compositions of the 20th century. It sends a message of peace and appeals to the unity of humankind.
For the symphony’s performance, the university’s orchestra and choir, with its over 200 members, will be joined on stage by international soloists, including the Italian coloratura soprano Karola Pavone and the Canadian baritone David Pike.
To deepen and contextualize the message of the symphony, the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen (MARUM) is offering an intriguing insight into deep-sea research in Bremen with an exhibition in the concert hall foyer.
Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Violin: Pilar Policano
Vaughan Williams – 1st Symphony A Sea Symphony
Chorale symphony with lyrics by Walt Whitman
Soprano: Karola Pavone
Baritone: David Pike
Orchestra and choir of the University of Bremen
Conductor: UMD Mariano Chiacchiarini