Havant Symphony Orchestra are looking forward to returning
once again to Oaklands Catholic School to perform an exciting concert under
their principal conductor Jonathan Butcher
and student conductor Ignatius Wang.
Rossini’s Overture to ‘William Tell’ is
famous for both the story of Swiss hero William Tell shooting an apple off his
son’s head and for the use of the music for the ‘Lone Ranger’
TV series. In fact, the ‘Lone Ranger’ tune, properly called
‘March of the Swiss Soldiers’, is just the last part of a work
which features a beautiful melody for 5 solo cellos; a storm scene and a
pastoral idyll led by the cor anglais. Quite an adventure!
The violin concerto by Sibelius is one of the favourites of
the repertoire – a virtuoso work of great passion set in Sibelius’
beloved chilly Nordic landscape. It was the only full-scale concerto that
he wrote. It was initially premiered in 1904, but then revised by
Sibelius and premiered in the new version in 1905. We had asked Alexander
Sitkovetsky to be our soloist, but Sasha subsequently won an award which means
he needed to be elsewhere on the day, so he kindly arranged for international
soloist Boris Brovtsyn to join us instead.
Brahms wrote his third Symphony in 1883 and it was well
received at its premiere by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Brahms was
by this time a 50-year-old bachelor, declaring himself to be ‘frei aber
froh’ – ‘free but happy’ – and the F-A-F motif appears
throughout the Symphony. It’s the shortest of his four symphonies
so the orchestra will play a bonus piece of Brahms – the Hungarian Dance
No. 6. Brahms wrote 21 Hungarian Dances altogether – originally for
piano four-hands – and they have been arranged many times for various
combinations of instruments including full orchestra.
** Note change of soloist as described above.