At The Joan: Leading Australian trumpet player David Elton, principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony, is sure to dazzle with his virtuosic style.
Three distinctive voices of Russia will resound from the concert platform this month, when Penrith Symphony Orchestra presents Russian Splendour, the second concert of its 2016 season, on Saturday,May 21at The Joan.
The Festive Overture by Shostakovich, composed in 1954 for a Moscow concert commemorating the Soviet Revolution, is a thrilling concert-opener with grand fanfares and lively rhythms that put the entire orchestra on show.
Leading Australian trumpet player David Elton, principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony, is sure to dazzle with his virtuosic style when he joins the orchestra as soloist in the high-energy Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian. One of the most popular 20th-century works for trumpet, the concerto’s fiery rhythms evoke the gypsy-like rhythms of the composer’s native Armenia, while its dreamy lyricism explores the instrument’s oft-neglected sensitive side.
The concert also features the world premiere of an award-winning work, Perpetuum Mobile, by young Australian composer Richard Hair. The composer comments that the work’s perpetual motion drives an abstract sound-world in which the strings of the orchestra that provide the never-ceasing ‘motor’ energy suggested by the title.
Concluding the program is one of the great Fifth Symphonies of the nineteenth-century repertoire. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, written late in the composer’s life, was not an instant critical success but is one of his best-loved and most moving works. From its poignant opening clarinet solo, to one of the most memorable horn solos in the entire symphonic repertoire, to its rousing finale, it is often regarded as a musical exploration of the idea of “ultimate victory through strife”.
Fittingly, one of the symphony’s most notable performances in history occurred onOctober 20 1941, during the Siege of Leningrad. The city’s radio symphony orchestra had been directed to continue its performances to maintain the spirits of the city’s population. Even as bombs fell outside, the performance, which was broadcast live to London, continued until the final note.
Conducting the concert is PSO’s artistic director, Paul Terracini – himself no stranger to the Arutiunian concerto, which he performed during his earlier international career as a trumpet artist.
The concert begins at 8pm on Saturday,May 21at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, and a free pre-concert talk by the conductor will begin at 7.20pm.
Tickets, from $28 to $57, are available at the box office at the Joan, phone 02 4723 7600 or online at 老域名thejoan老域名备案老域名, or at the door.
This is the second performance in the orchestra’s 2016 season. Flexible subscription packages for the remainder of the season are still available, offering substantial savings on single-ticket prices.
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