“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you” — the opening line of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass embodies the hopeful bloom of spring. The CSO’s springtime concert, A Sea Symphony, embodies this cadence while paying tribute to renowned British composers.

The orchestra plays Edward Elgar’s string masterpiece, Introduction and Allegro, followed by “Four Seas Interlude,” orchestral interludes taken from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. The CSO chorus, with soprano Margaret Kelly Cook and baritone Peter Tomaszewski, join the performance for Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. Williams was inspired by Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and its “auspicious vision of a world adrift in a sea of human vanity.”

The springtime Masterworks concert takes place March 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaillard Center. You can purchase tickets here.

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