Ulster composers get youth vote in Belfast
MICHAEL MCHALE (PIANO), ULSTER YOUTH ORCHESTRA/TAKUO YUASA Whitla Hall, Belfast Fri 7.45pm £10 048-90241919 For the second Friday in a row, Ulster composers are being celebrated at Belfast’s Whitla Hall. Last week it was as part of the BBC Five Nations season with the Ulster Orchestra, this week it’s from the Ulster Youth Orchestra under Takuo Yuasa, offering a repeat of Howard Ferguson’s Four Diversions on Ulster Airs, as well as Deirdre McKay’s new Fireworks at Lughnasadh.
Michael McHale (below) is the piano soloist in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini and the orchestra stays in Russian territory for the closing work, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, the piece which reconciled the composer with the Soviet authorities in 1937 after the troubles provoked by his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. MICHAEL DERVAN