Symphonicity “Travels” to United Kingdom for Destinations Concert, March 17 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts

Internationally-acclaimed tubist James Gourlay to be featured soloist

(Virginia Beach, Feb. 22, 2019) – Popular British composers will be celebrated and the internationally renowned tubist James Gourlay will be a featured soloist when Symphonicity “travels” to the United Kingdom for the fourth performance of its Destinations 2018-19  Masterworks Series, March 17 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts.

A British conductor, soloist and chamber musician, Gourlay will perform the “Tuba Concerto” by Edward Gregson as a highlight of the concert, which will include “Crown Imperial” by William Walton and “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar.

“British music has this great tradition of brass, and I’m excited we will highlight our brass section prominently in this concert, in addition to the world-renown artistry of Maestro Gourlay,” said Daniel W. Boothe, Symphonicity Music Director and Conductor.

Born in Scotland, Gourlay studied at the Royal College of Music before becoming one of the prominent tuba soloists of our time. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has won international acclaim, having toured the world with major orchestras. He has also held posts with the Orchester der Opera in Zurich, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra where he recorded with Leonard Bernstein. Gourlay has also appeared as a guest conductor with wind and brass ensembles in Europe and Brazil, and is the principal guest conductor of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain.

During Symphonicity’s “Destination: United Kingdom” concert, audience members will dive into the dark and secretive world of Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” This work solidified Edward Elgar as one of Britain’s most iconic composers, but also gave the world one of music’s most enduring secrets. Through his fascination with puzzles and cryptology, Elgar encoded a secret message into his “Enigma Variations,” which, in spite of attempts by the world’s most inquisitive minds, has never been solved. He claimed there is a principle theme present but never fully heard and that its “dark saying must be left unguessed.”

British-themed pre-concert activities will begin at 2 p.m. in the Sandler Center lobby, with music by David Gardner, a nationally-recognized Scottish fiddle performer and member of the musical trio, The Virginia Company. At 2:30 p.m., Maestro Boothe will host a pre-show talk in the Mezzanine lobby. The performance starts at 3 p.m. Single tickets range from $27 to $50 and may be purchased at Military, group and student tickets are available for as low as $10 by calling the Sandler Center Box Office at (757) 385-2787. For additional concert details, please call Symphonicity at (757) 671-8611.