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