New season for symphony orchestra

By a County Press reporter

Friday, November 16, 2012

 

MUSIC THE IW Symphony Orchestra will be performing its first concert of the new season tomorrow night (Saturday).

The concert will open with the popular Merry Wives of Windsor Overture by Otto Nicolai.

The opera, first performed in 1849, is still popular in mainland Europe, but in this country is mainly known for its tuneful overture. The overture uses melodies found in the opera, which tells the tales of the exploits of Sir John Falstaff.

The orchestra will be joined by soloist Christopher Guild, who will be performing the piano concerto by Schumann.

This is a welcome return to the Island for Christopher, who performed with the orchestra a couple of seasons ago to great critical acclaim. Since then he has been in great demand around the country and abroad.

Schumann’s piano concerto is one of the most popular in the repertoire and was first performed in 1848 with Schumann’s wife as the soloist.

After the interval, the orchestra will perform the first symphony by Rachmaninov.

As usual the concert will be held at the Medina Theatre, but this season the concerts will start at 7.15pm.

Tickets are available from the Medina Theatre box office.

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