The Imperial Valley Symphony Orchestra played its 27th mid-winter concert Thursday evening in the Southwest Performing Arts Theatre in El Centro.
Programming "Music Most English," music director Joel Jacklich enlisted the assistance of the Imperial Valley College Chamber Singers to present music from the early 18th century, the late 19th century and the early 20th century. The orchestra and chamber singers opened the concert with an arrangement of "Rule Britannia" composed by Thomas Augustine Arne. Soloist Anthony Longoria presented a splendid rendition.
The concluding selection of the concert was Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1." A poem by A.C. Benson, "Land of Hope and Glory," was sung to the theme during World War I and has continued to be one of the most patriotic of English songs. The Imperial Valley College Chamber Singers, directed by Linda Brown, added gracefully to the performance.
Between the first and last selections, the orchestra played George Frederick Handel's "Water Music Suite," arranged by Sir Hamilton Hardy. Composed for a royal party on barges floating down the River Thames when the elector of Hanover became King George I of England, Handel was forgiven for neglecting to return to Germany from what turned out to be an extended visit to London. George was so taken with Handel's music he kept him on the royal payroll in England. "Rule Britannia," the "Water Music Suite" represented the baroque era of English music.