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Washington Square Music Festival enlivens St. Mark’s Church

The Washington Square Music Festival’s final free concert of the season — featuring poetry, in addition to music — will be on Sun., Nov. 24, at 3 p.m., at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, at 131 E. 10th St., at Second Ave.

Composers Mozart, Benjamin Britten and Max Reger, as well as poets John Keats, William Blake and Alfred Lord Tennyson will be featured. The program will be performed by pianist Hélène Jeanney, tenor Marc Molomot, French horn player Eric Davis, and the Festival String Ensemble.

Davis will perform Reger’s “Scherzino” for French horn and string ensemble. Jeanney will perform Mozart’s “Piano Concerto #12, K414” with string ensemble. Tenor Molomot and hornist Davis will perform Britten’s “Serenade No. 31” for tenor, French horn and string ensemble.

According to the music festival: “‘Serenade’ is framed by a horn solo played on natural harmonics to evoke an atmosphere of far-off, primeval innocence. ‘Serenade’ is an extraordinary example of Britten’s ability to set an anthology of texts bound together by a similar theme, in this case, the world of night, sleep, and dreams. The twilit atmosphere that characterizes this beautiful and evocative work is offset by the two settings that form its centerpiece, the ‘Sick Rose’ of Blake’s ‘Elegy’ and a nightmarish setting of the anonymous 15th-century ‘Lyke Wake Dirge.'”

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