Americana '18
Villiers Quartet
James Dickenson
VIOLIN
Tamaki Higashi
VIOLIN
Carmen Flores
VIOLA
Nick Stringfellow
CELLO
Geoff Williams
baritone
Wynton Marsalis
String Quartet No. 1 'At the Octoroon Balls'
Delius
Late Swallows (original version)
Barber
Dover Beach (with baritone)
Dvořák
String Quartet No. 14 in Ab Op. 105

The Villiers Quartet, Oxford University's Quartet-in-Residence, perform a unique and spellbinding concert in a special appearance during the Americana Festival, which celebrates music influenced by American culture.

Jazz and folk elements underpin Wynton Marsalis's At the Octoroon Balls, which explores the American Creole culture of old New Orleans. This is paired with works by Samuel Barber and Frederick Delius, who lived in Florida. The concert closes with Dvorak's epic Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105, which was sketched while Dvorak was living in New York.

Named after Villiers Street in London, the Villiers Quartet is one of the UK's most charismatic string quartets, and encompasses the grand and iconic spirit of the extraordinary music tradition in Britain.

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