OAKLAND -- The all-day British Music Festival at Holy Names University on Saturday promises to delight all ages with its wide range of music, from Gustov Holst's "The Planets," which provided the musical backdrop on "The Right Stuff" and "Wallace and Gromit" movies, to Paul McCartney's pop hit, "Yesterday." Internationally acclaimed pianist Betty Woo, pianists Pas de Duo (Stephen Varney and Naomi Sanchez), and clarinetist Tom Rose are among the renowned musicians who will perform throughout the day.
The festival, which celebrates the centennial of British composer Benjamin Britten's birth, will feature more than 100 performers of all ages, according to Katherine Baird, director of the university's preparatory music program for students ages 3 to 18. The three concerts will include more than 50 individual performers along with the Da Capo Youth Orchestra from the prep program, about 20 graduate and undergraduate students from the university, nine faculty members from the university and the Piedmont Children's Choir (25 children).
Each of the three concerts at the festival will present 15 different pieces by British composers. The first concert, which begins at 2 p.m., will present pieces by Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar and William Byrd, featuring clarinet and piano, duo piano, harp and violin. The second afternoon concert, which begins at 4 p.m., will include compositions by Paul McCartney, Benjamin Britten, Peter Warlock and Ralph Vaughan-Williams, featuring guitar, mixed strings and piano. A banquet will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the evening concert at 7:30, featuring music by Britten, Holst and Frank Bridge.
What: British Music Festival
Where: Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland
When: Saturday, 2 to
Tickets: For the full festival package, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/315394. For individual concert tickets, call 510-436-1404.
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