University Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn did so, famously-the sceptred isle lost its homegrown mojo when Purcell died at the end of 1695.
British classical music got its mojo back in the early twentieth century as part of a general cultural efflorescence around the fin de siècle. But unlike the Germans and Austrians, the Brits kept theirs-by the end of the century, the most requested piece on classical radio stations was Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves.
Music director Kenneth Kiesler has come up with a killer program of British music for the University Symphony Orchestra concert on December 10 that'll test its Anglophile mojo-even without RVW.
Kiesler and the USO will end at the beginning with the first piece that put England back on the musical map: Edward Elgar's super-virtuoso Enigma Variations of 1899, for full Romantic orchestra plus organ. A set of oblique character studies of the composer's wife and friends-including noble "Nimrod" and hilarious "Bulldog Dan" variations-it concludes with a finale depicting the composer himself, with flags flying and organ blaring.