Classical stars tuning up for orchestral series - The Leamington Observer

Classical stars tuning up for orchestral series

Leamington Editorial 22nd Jul, 2023   0

CINEMATIC marches and revolutionary epics feature in Warwick Arts Centre’s forthcoming Orchestral Series.

It’s kicked off by the return of Chineke! Orchestra on October 26. They travel back to pre- and post-revolutionary Paris for a programme that includes works by Haydn, Beethoven and Joseph Bologne – the French/Caribbean violinist, fencer and composer whose life story was highlighted in recent Hollywood biopic Chevalier.

Making their debut on November 29 are the Symphony Orchestra Of India, conducted by Richard Farnes (of Opera North fame). India’s first, and only, professional orchestra present Wagner’s Parsifal Suite and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor alongside John Williams’ Imperial March – first heard in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Sir Mark Elder conducts the National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain on January 6. Playing Strauss and Debussy compositions inspired by the natural world, the young musicians also present new work for brass and percussion.

South Korean conductor Shiyeon Sung steers the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) on February 23. RPO Artist-in-Residence, cellist Zlatomir Fung will feature in a programme including works by Beethoven, Haydn and Dvořák.

Miloš Karadaglić, named one of the six best classical guitarists of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, returns on March 9. Montenegro-born Miloš promises an uplifting night of Vivaldi, Bach, Marcello, Alberti, and more.

The series concludes on May 10 with a second appearance by Sir Mark Elder – this time conducting The Hallé. As his tenure with the northern powerhouse comes to a close, he’s joined – as he was in his first season as the orchestra’s musical director – by the internationally renowned pianist Sir Stephen Hough.

Warwick Arts Centre’s director Doreen Foster said: “Expect plenty of genuine surprises for our 2023-2024 orchestral season, as the series boasts truly iconic works alongside lesser-known masterpieces, and all performed by some of the most accomplished musicians in the world.

“From Chineke! Orchestra highlighting the remarkable Joseph Bologne, to the reunion of Sir Mark Elder and Sir Stephen Hough, to the stunning Miloš Karadaglić, it’s a series filled with emotional highs.”

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