For our penultimate concert of the season on Sunday 4 March we welcome back popular guest conductor Stephen Bell to explore the opulent riches of Russian and Armenian music in a programme of well-known and less familiar works that will make you wonder why you have not come across them before.
Our concert opens with two works celebrating the Russia of the Tsars – Glinka’s characteristically Russian sounding overture from A Life for the Tsar displays the heroic nobility suggested by the opera’s story of a young Russian peasant who saves the Tsar from a group of Polish kidnappers, whilst Mussorgsky’s demonic tone poem Night on a Bare Mountain depicts a witches’ Sabbath in music of quite terrifying power and energy (which was used in the penultimate scene of Walt Disney’s Fantasia).
Gareth Small, Principal Trumpet of the Hallé Orchestra, joins us as the soloist in Armenian composer Alexander Arutunian’s virtuosic Trumpet Concerto, written in 1950. This fabulous showpiece concerto with its soulful, beautiful melodies, technical difficulties and exciting gypsy-like sound is often used as an audition piece.
Our concert closes with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous symphonies – No.4. Intensely personal and expressive it is a work of monumental scale and beauty that nevertheless has a delicacy and sensitivity that have made it one of the most popular of all symphonies.
Tickets from £12-£38 (50% discount for students/Under 18s) are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by phone (01273) 709709 or online: https://brightondome.org/event/14888/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra
Discounted parking for BPO concert-goers is available at NCP Church Street Car Park – just £6 between 1pm & 6pm.
Join Gareth Small, Principal Trumpet of the Hallé Orchestra, in conversation with Louise Schweitzer in a Pre-Concert Interview at 1.45pm in Brighton Museum’s Education Pavilion.
Tickets are £3.75 and available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by phone (01273) 709709 or online: https://brightondome.org/event/14930/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra_pre-concert_interview/