By The Sweet Power of MusicLondon Symphonia, along with Canadian actors Martha Henry and Rod Beattie, and tenor Bud Roach, will transform ageless masterpieces of the baroque era as immortal texts of life, love, and humanity work their magic at the end of a lonely winter on March 13, livestreamed from Metropolitan United Church.

Joining London Symphonia for By the Sweet Power of Music, Rod Beattie and Martha Henry will share reminiscences and insights from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Measure for Measure that will highlight the bard’s fascination with the transformative power of great art, and in particular, music. These passages will be interwoven with selections by several masterful baroque composers, and performed by tenor Bud Roach and Symphonia musicians.


“After his tremendous performance last season as part of our Baroque Insults concerts, we are very pleased that Rod Beattie will be joining us yet again as narrator and actor for By The Sweet Power of Music. Rod and Martha Henry both have such distinguished careers performing the Bard’s works, and to get their insights on how Shakespeare viewed art and music will be an illuminating experience,” says Andrew Chung, Artistic Producer for the Symphonia. “The music being performed includes The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, and Matthew Locke’s remarkable score for The Tempest, among other songs sung by our guest tenor Bud Roach. Bringing theatrical and musical elements together is becoming a bit of a specialty for London Symphonia, and this concert will be no exception.”

Tickets for the livestream are $17 for singles and $34 for households – available at

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