Concerts

Derbyshire Life - - Music -

FOR­EVER FOLK, 5th Oc­to­ber, 7.30pm

Guild­hall Theatre, £11, Con­ces­sions £9

Pro­gramme: Bartók – Ro­ma­nian Dances; Aru­tiu­nian - Vi­olin Con­certo (soloist Bene­dict Hol­land); Holst – St Paul’s Suite; Grieg – Hol­berg Suite

Sin­fo­nia Viva lights up Derby Folk Fes­ti­val with an in­vi­ta­tion to the dance. Bartók raids his folk mu­sic col­lec­tion; Aru­tiu­nian taps into his Ar­me­nian her­itage; Holst gives his school or­ches­tra some jigs to play (throw­ing in ‘Greensleeves’ for good mea­sure); Grieg salutes a great Scan­di­na­vian play­wright with a suite of 18th-cen­tury-style dances – all guar­an­teed to get your feet tap­ping!

THE ITAL­IAN SYM­PHONY, 17th Oc­to­ber, 7.30pm

Derby Cathedral, £16-£25 Con­duc­tor: Frank Ziel­horst; Vi­olin soloist: Bene­dict Hol­land; Oboe soloist: Maddy Aldis-evans Pro­gramme: Stravin­sky – Dum­bar­ton Oaks; Bach – Oboe & Vi­olin con­certo; Re­spighi - Gli Uc­celli (The Birds); Men­delssohn – Sym­phony No. 4

A bal­anced pro­gramme of con­trasts and vir­tu­oso mu­si­cal­ity that starts with Stravin­sky’s Dum­bar­ton Oaks, an ode to the spirit of Bach with its nods to the Baroque style re­alised in mod­ern har­monic, rhyth­mic, and melodic id­ioms. The pro­gramme then glides into Bach’s gra­cious and spir­ited Oboe & Vi­olin Con­certo, fea­tur­ing both soloists in an ex­pan­sive duet, weav­ing criss-cross solo lines that echo phrases back and forth like mu­si­cal ques­tions and an­swers. The piece’s non­stop fi­nale is brisk and ex­hil­a­rat­ing, match­ing Re­spighi’s sparkling in­stru­men­tal colour and swift con­trasts of vol­ume and tempo in Gli Uc­celli (The Birds). Men­delssohn’s clas­sic Sym­phony No.4 lights the mu­si­cal fire­works as a spec­tac­u­lar cli­max to the con­cert. Known as the ‘Ital­ian’, it is an in­stantly recog­nis­able all­time favourite for many and an ex­trav­a­gant, mem­o­rable fi­nale. Box of­fice 01332 255800 www.der­bylive.co.uk

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