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City of London Sinfonia Announce 2015-16 Season, RE:Imagine

By K. Young k.young@classicalite.com on Jul 18, 2015 01:52 AM EDT

As per Classical Music Magazine, the City of London Sinfonia (CLS) has announced its 2015-16 season, RE:Imagine, which features re-imaginations of old works and premieres of new ones commissioned especially for the upcoming season.

The CLS is an orchestra designed and created for meaningful musical engagments for people of all ages and backgrounds. Led by artistic director Stephen Layton and principal conductor Michael Collins, CLS regularly works with world-class artists, as well as up-and-coming talent.

Featuring concerts exploring locales in France, Austria and Italy, this season of Sinfonia hones in on past gems and contemporary reflections. Audiences will be invited to participate in immersive experiences, including a wine-tasting event, a waltzing lesson, and Viennese Kaffee und Kuchen. The CLS promises unique access to the "grand salons" of Paris, Vienna, Venice. And the band will also explore their own country's tunes via the great voices of Dame Felicity Lott, Elin Manahan Thomas, Roderick Williams, Anna Huntley, Gwilym Bowen and Alex Potter.

Go for any one of those, and be treated to sublime interpretations of Mahler, Strauss, Pergolesi and Butterworth.

Especially exciting is their lovely reimagining of "The Great English Songbook" at Southwark Cathedral on March 9, 2016, featuring reiterations of works by the aforementioned Butterworth, Vaughan Williams and Gurney performed by Mr. Williams.

Throughout the season, CLS will also be presenting a series of newly commissioned arrangements of works by Bach from composers David Matthews, Luke Styles, Charlotte Bray and Gwilym Simcock. From Southwark Cathedral to Village Underground, the City of London Sinfonia will give audiences the opportunity to tailor their experience and expand their imagination--all in an effort to bring music lovers and culture aficionados closer to the sounds and sights of great cities and great music.

For but a taste of what to expect, here's a preview for your viewing pleasure.

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