Following on from its successful Christmas Concert, the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra begin their 2017 season with the mighty Nielsen 3rd Symphony known as The Expansiva.
As spokesman Barry Cranford explains, music director Dominic Grier has waited a very long time to conduct the piece, a rare chance to hear live this “tremendous” Danish symphony.
“Written in 1910 after Nielsen’s tenure as bandmaster at the Danish Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, the symphony needs a very large orchestra together with soprano and baritone soloists in the second movement.
“The concert opens with the Brahms Tragic Overture written in 1880 following from the light-hearted Academic Festival Overture. There is no specific reason it was given the title tragic other than to form a contrast with the Academic.
“The WPO again offer a concert appearance for a young talented soloist via the Munster Trust, and this concert features New Zealand-born violinist Alexandra Lomeiko who will perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
“Alexandra was born in 1991 into a family of musicians and started playing at the age of five.
“She came to England in 2006 and was awarded a scholarship, won many prizes and is currently a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music.
“She has performed internationally in many countries and is now based in London.
“As well as a soloist, she is an avid chamber music player and founded and continues to direct her own Silk Street Sinfonia.
“She has performed in the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buckingham Palace, the Wigmore Hall and many other venues countrywide. She plays on an Italian Carlo Tonini violin circa 1687 on loan from the Royal College of Music.
“Do come and hear her play.”
The concert is on Sunday, March 12 at 3pm in the Assembly Hall, Worthing.
Tickets are £9, £13 or £16 with children under 16 £3 and can be obtained from the box office on 01903 206206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.
Full details about the orchestra can be found on www.worthingphil.com
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