Focus on Sir Edward Elgar: A Romantic Through and Through

PCO’s Refreshing welcomes you to the musical sounds and romance of Spring. As you experience “Salut d’Amour,” (1888) keep in mind it was an engagement gift from Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) to his bride-to-be. Musicologists describe “May Song” (1901) as, “Elgar played his light music in a way we rarely hear it played […]

280 Years of Handel’s Messiah: Why?

It is well known that George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) wrote Messiah in 1741 in just 24 days. He famously said, “Whether I was in the body or out of my body when I wrote it I know not.” For his text, he followed the libretto (or lyrics) collated by Charles Jennings, said to […]