Monday 18 June 2012

Hiawatha complete

Hiawatha by Thomas Eakins
Hiawatha - Thomas Eakins
A rare performance of the once popular Song of Hiawatha trilogy by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will be given by the Cumbria Choral Initiative with the Northern Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ian Jones, with soloists Lesley Jane Rogers, Nicholas Hurndall Smith and Nigel Dempster. The performance takes place on 28 July at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston.

Hiawatha's Wedding Feast was premiered to great acclaim at the Royal College of Music in 1898. Over the next two years Coleridge-Taylor complete  The Death of Minnehaha and Hiawatha's Departure and the trilogy was first performed in 1900 at the Albert Hall. The popularity of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast rather outstripped the other two parts and it continued to be regarded as a work in its own right. The trilogy was presented annually at the Albert Hall from the 1920's to the Second War, complete with scenery.

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