Illicit Passions

From the Baroque to Rock n’ Roll, The Griffyn Ensemble return with inflamed desires and rapture. Performing music exploring the sordid side of love – music inspired by carnal lust, women of the night, and tortured romance, and featuring stories from Ancient Greece to a surreal future. Including ballet music by Debussy, dark inspiration from Beethoven, seductive songs by Bizet, Sondheim, and Sting, with words by Oscar Hammerstein and Bob Dylan.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Scherzo, Second Movement, Symphony No. 9
David Rose – The Stripper
Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin – The Saga of Jenny
Michael Sollis – Hit Me: Variations on a Theme
George Bizet/Oscar Hammerstein – Dat’s Love
The Police – Roxanne
Richard Strauss – Dance of the Seven Veils
Tori Amos – Me and a Gun
Claude Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Michael Sollis – Letter to a Greek Nymph
Antonin Dvorak – Song to the Moon
Anon – Hodge Told Sue
Astor Piazzolla – Milonga del Angel
Garrett Colley Wellesley – John Knox
Manuel de Falla – Songs from El Amor Brujo
Garrett Colley Wellesley – Sue and Prue
Astor Piazzolla – La Muerte del Angel
Stephen Sondheim – Send in the Clowns
John Corigliano/Bob Dylan – Forever Young