LAWRENCE LOH | conductor
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ORATORIO SOCIETY | John Warren, director
RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin
WALKER: Lyric for Strings
HAYDN: Mass in Time of War
This program serves as a prelude to Symphoria’s Armistice Centennial concert of November 3 by offering three profoundly different opportunities to reflect on the effects of war. The afternoon begins with Ravel’s nostalgic but glittering Tombeau de Couperin. Taking its inspiration from French baroque music, it honors friends who died during World War I. The concert concludes with Haydn’s grandly conceived Mass in Time of War of 1796. Written during an earlier war, the Mass has nonetheless come to serve as a commentary on war more generally. In between comes the brief 1946 Lyric for Strings by George Walker, composed in memory of his grandmother; while it’s not directly connected to war, its reflective beauty expresses the experience of loss so eloquently that it fits the spirit of the afternoon perfectly.