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Notice: A Spring Concert To Cheer The Spirit

Published on: 18 Feb, 2020
Updated on: 18 Feb, 2020

Guildford Symphony Orchestra returns to Charterhouse School in Godalming at 7pm on Sunday, March 29, for a concert of spring classics to cheer the spirit after a long, grey, wet winter.

The programme features Brahms’ Symphony No 4. The work has been described as “like a dark well; the longer we look into it, the more brightly the stars shine back” and “one of the greatest orchestral works since Beethoven”.

The concert will begin with Weber’s Oberon Overture, which picks out the themes of the romantic opera about the Elf King and opens with fairy music and Oberon’s magic horn summoning his folk.

It includes a march for the Court of Charlemagne, and a chorus of spirits directed by Puck. As a complete work, it is one of the most remarkable combinations of fantasy and technical skill in modern music.

It is followed by Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which features one of the loveliest horn solos ever written, to accompany the sleeping lovers.

Award-winning cellist Yoanna Prodanova.

GSO prides itself on introducing young solo talent to its audiences and for this concert, Lalo’s Cello Concerto will be performed by Yoanna Prodanova, an award-winning cellist, born in Bulgaria, who studied in Canada and the UK.

Yoanna plays an 18th-century cello made by Giuseppe Gagliano in 1788. Eduard Lalo is a 19th century French composer, best known for his Symphonie Espagnole.

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Story based on a press release from Guildford Symphony Orchestra.

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