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Nora Fischer: Penelope

Sarah Kirkland Snider




Inspired by Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s indie/folk-inspired song cycle Penelope is a meditation on memory, identity and what it means to come home.

Suspended somewhere between art song, indie rock and chamber folk, Penelope moves from moments of elegiac strings and harp reflection to dusky post-rock textures with drums, guitars and electronics, all directed by a strong sense of melody and a craftsman’s approach to song writing.

Penelope originated as a music theatre monodrama, co-written by Snider and playwright Ellen McLaughlin in 2007–8. A woman’s husband appears at her door after 20 years, suffering from brain damage. A veteran of an unnamed war, he doesn’t know who he is. While they wait for his return to himself, she reads him the Odyssey, on the way finding a way into his former memory. Reconceived as a song cycle for vocalist and chamber orchestra in 2009, Britten Sinfonia is joined by the extraordinary Nora Fischer, renowned for her adventurous approach to live performance.

Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm
Free to ticket holders

Priority Booking
Britten Sinfonia’s Friends, Benefactors, Chair Partners and members of the Sinfonia Circle may book from Wednesday 4 March. Join us today to get access to priority booking, and a whole host of other benefits.

General Booking
Online booking will be available from Monday 16 March at 10am, and telephone and in person booking will be available from Wednesday 18 March at 10am.

29.04.21 at 7:30PM
Milton Court

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