Beyond the Horizon - Bristol
01 February 2024
The Mount Without, Upper Church Lane, St Michael's Hill, Bristol, BS2 8FN


Eleanor Alberga Jupiter’s Fairground
Antonín Dvořák Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Samuel Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’



English Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Woods
Soloists: April Fredrick, soprano

About this Concert

Our 'Music for Humans' Season continues with a programme that explores music’s power to capture and share moments of happiness, acts of love and kindness and feelings of common purpose and security. At the heart of this programme is Samuel Barber’s masterpiece, 'Knoxville: Summer of 1915', his setting of a prose poem by James Agee. Composed by Barber shortly after World War II, Barber’s setting of Agee’s poem presents a child’s view of life and loss in a rural America that seems, on the surface, far removed from the brutality of the two World Wars. But Barber’s post-War perspective brings extra poignance to Agee’s text, putting to the fore not only the beauty of a world and a community in which a child feels safe and loved, but the tragedy of losing that.