Sinfonia Viva with Thomas Gould, violin and Guy Johnston, cello (main concert) and Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet (AFTER:HOURS concert)
Tuesday 5th February 2013 at 7.30pm
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets: £10 to £32
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- Haydn: Symphony No.70 in D major
- Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor, Op102
- Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op67
... followed, approximately 20 minutes after the main programme finishes, by an AFTER:HOURS late-night concert opportunuty in the auditorium with Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet) and Sinfonia Viva's strings. Free admission to Sinfonia Viva ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders (tickets available on the door only). Programme as follows:
- Turnage: An Aria (with Dancing)
- MacMillan: Seraph
- Pärt: Fratres
Sinfonia Viva is joined by Garry Walker as conductor and soloists Thomas Gould (violin) and Guy Johnston (cello) in the main concert, with Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet) and members of the Orchestra bringing an exciting AFTER:HOURS opportunity.
Most of Haydn's symphonies were written while the composer lived in rooms on the estate of Prince Esterhazy and with the court orchestra in mind. Symphony No.70 with its intriguing twists and turns was composed in the winter of 1779, the same year that fire had totally destroyed the large theatre in the Prince's grounds and heralded the beginning of a new theatre building.
Brahms' Double Concerto in A minor of 1887 was his final orchestral composition. As well as superbly exploring the interplay between cello and violin as solo instruments, the piece had added significance, representing something of a partly-successful olive branch proffered to the violinist Joseph Joachim, an alienated friend of decades standing, who had taken exception to Brahms' support for the position of Joachim's wife during their divorce. Subsequently, after initial performances with Joachim and the cellist Robert Hausmann as soloists, Brahms presented Joachim with the original manuscript dedicated to him as a gift.
Written over a four year period and premiering in December 1808, Beethoven's dramatic Symphony No.5 is one of those rare pieces for which the description 'iconic' is entirely accurate. The opening notes echo throughout history and popular culture from the offbeat of Douglas Adams' Vogon's dismissive humming to the stirring 'V for Victory' dit-dit-dit-dah morse letter used as a station identification by the BBC during World War 2. From a less-than-ideal initial performance at which Beethoven himself conducted an under-rehearsed orchestra, the piece's popularity quickly grew to today's position of almost universal recognition in as one of the all-time 'classic' classics of the repertoire.
Then, approximately 20 minutes after the main concert ends, there's an exciting AFTER:HOURS programme opportunity. Soloist Tine Thing Helseth, one of the leading trumpet soloists of her generation, joins the Orchestra's strings to perform Turnage's An Aria (with Dancing) for solo trumpet and James MacMillan's 2010 composition Seraph. Also on the programme is Arvo Pärt's Fratres dating from 1977. It displays the trademark 'tintinnabuli' features typifying the change in approach the composer's work took from the early 1970s onwards.
Join Sinfonia Viva, the region's only professional orchestra, for a great musical evening!
Supported by Sinfonia Viva. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The AFTER:HOURS concert is additionally supported by Orchestras Live.