Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra's Spring Concert reaches back into the past and up in the twentieth century, and ends with one of the best-loved works in the repertoire – Dvorak's Cello Concerto.
The orchestra's talented brass section begins with two pieces by Gabrieli from the very end of the sixteenth century, and then we move forward to Hindemith's symphony drawn from his opera 'Mathis der Maler' (Mathis the Painter), one of his most popular and approachable works.
But the main item on the programme is a concerto, Dvorak's Cello Concerto, written while he was living in the United States and, like his recently-completed 'New World' Symphony, steeped in nostalgia for his home country.
To play it we welcome the distinguished cellist Simon Turner, Co-Principal Cello of the Hallé Orchestra and tutor at Manchester University. An alumnus of the Chetham School of Music and the Royal Northern College, he is a keen chamber musician and a chef of professional standing.
The conductor will be our old friend Bob Chasey, and as Guest Leader we are delighted to welcome Helen Brackley Jones.
The concert takes place on Saturday 13th April at 7.45 in the Evans Theatre in Wilmslow Leisure Centre. Tickets cost £12 (Concession £10, Under 18s £2), and may be obtained from the Ticket Secretary (01925 756 144), at Bang & Olufsen, Alderley Rd (01625 527666), at Therapy, Bank Sq (01625 400113), or at the door.
Guest post by Dermot Gault.
Photo: soloist Simon Turner.