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Pianist Alessandro Taverna is soloist in Lakeland Sinfonia opener
THE Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society series opens on Saturday (October 5, 7.30pm) with the evocative sounds of Sibelius.
Performed by the Lakeland Sinfonia and conducted by Garry Walker, the Westmorland Hall (Lakes Leisure Kendal) concert features At The Castle Gate, which for more than 50 years was the soundtrack to BBC TV’s The Sky at Night, a piece the composer wrote for the suite, Pelléas et Mélisande.
Dark, dramatic, lyrical but not lacking in humour, sums up the moods portrayed in Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, another fine feature of Saturday’s concert.
And stepping into the soloist spotlight will be Alessandro Taverna.
Venice-born Alessandro has established an international career, playing with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Hallé orchestra, and Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico/Vicenza. He has recorded for Radio Classica in Italy, Slovenian National Radio Television and Classic FM Radio in South Africa. In 2009 he took second prize in the London International Piano Competition and third in the Leeds Piano Competition, and in 2010 received the Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award, in memory of the great Italian pianist.
The programme also includes Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, which cleverly incorporates Greensleeves into its final movement.
On November 9, the LSCS welcomes back conductor Giovanni Guzzo and the Manchester Camerata to play a varied and well-matched programme of 19th, 20th and 21st Century music.
The concert also provides a splendid opportunity to hear Italian composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima play Schumann’s Cello Concerto.
Sollima also performs in his own Folktales for Cello and Orchestra. The programme also features Libertango, one of the most famous pieces written by the Argentinian king of tango Piazzolla, and Elgar’s exhilarating Introduction and Allegro for strings.
Having received a royal charter, the Northern Sinfonia is now the Royal Northern Sinfonia and performs three concerts in the acclaimed Sinfonia series - November 23, conducted by Thomas Zehetmair and also featuring tenor Sam Boden; February 22, with violinist Bradley Creswick centre stage, among others; and March 22 under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein with piano soloist, Jonathan Bliss.
Meanwhile, members of the Manchester Camerata return to Kendal for a measure of musical magic on the afternoon of Saturday, December 14 (3.30pm).
Billed as a concert for all ages, Animal Magic is conducted and compered by Timothy Redmond. The first half comprises a mix of animal-themed pieces, such as Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, the Waltz from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and The Hen from Respighi's The Birds, plus the Circle of Life from The Lion King and Colonel Hathi's March from Jungle Book. In the second part, Paul Hine narrates Prokoviev's Peter and the Wolf.
The 39th Sinfonia season of nine concerts also stars titans of the orchestral world - the Halle on February 1, with violin virtuoso Henning Kraggerud, and the BBC Philharmonic on April 12, sharing the stage with violinist Elena Urioste.
Many performances feature pre-concert talks.
For tickets telephone 01539-722533.
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