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Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

The Choir of King’s College London: Spem In Alium By Candlelight.

Joseph Fort conducts a performance of Tallis's Spem In Alium by candlelight.

Sat 25 Feb

£15 ( £5)

War And Japan: A Musical Journey

War and Japan - A musical journey How does war shape societies beyond the boundaries of the battlefield? How do societies react, heal, and absorb the drama of conflict and its preparation? Is there a universal way to look at the tragedy of war? What are the expressions of war in the contemporary world? This concert seeks to engage with these questions by exploring how war has contributed to shape contemporary Japan, a country where the relationship between war and peace has contributed to define its emergence as a modern state, and continue to play a role in its evolution as a mature democracy. This event is hosted by the Kings Japan Programme and will be taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the College Chapel. Musicians; Lisa Ueda (violin) & Daniele Rinaldo (piano) Programme Claude Debussy - Violin Sonata Toru Takemitsu - Distance de la Fee Olivier Messiaen - Theme and Variations Interval Igor Stravinsky - Three Japanese Lyrics, arr. for violin and piano by Daniele Rinaldo (world premiere) Igor Stravinsky - Divertimento The repertoire aims to explore the relationship between Japanese and European musical aesthetics that consolidated in the first half of the 20th century. The first half of the program is centred on the connection between the symbolism of late Claude Debussy and early Olivier Messiaen, and the strong influence they exerted on the young Toru Takemitsu, perhaps the most well-known Japanese composer.

Sat 4 Mar


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