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The Orchestra is pleased to confirm its next concert will be at:
7.00pm on Saturday March 9th in Newcastle Cathedral.
The programme will be:
Bizet: L’ Arlésienne Suite No. 1
Finzi: Clarinet Concerto
Puccini: I Crisantemi
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
We will once again be welcoming Eamonn Dougan to conduct us, and we are particularly pleased to that perhaps the most distinguished player of her generation, clarinettist Emma Johnson, will be our soloist.
As for the music, Bizet’s suite from L’ Arlésienne is music full of colour and melody, perhaps evoking the sunshine and vibrancy of Provence, the setting for the play by Alphonse Daudet for which the music was written. Listening to the music it is perhaps difficult to believe the play’s theme was a tragic love story.
Ultimately gentle and refined with moods and styles perhaps redolent of Brahms or Elgar, Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto is one of the most popular concertos in the repertoire today and is regarded by some as his finest work. Setting the clarinet against a strings-only orchestra allows its special colours to contrast to a particularly satisfying degree and we have every confidence that will be demonstrated by our soloist Emma Johnson.
Emma has had a long and very successful career and, having welcomed her in 2010 and 2015, we are very pleased to welcome her back again to play with us.
What one observer called one of Puccini’s hidden gems, I Crisantemi is a beautiful and poignant piece of music for strings which will have a particular resonance in the Cathedral at this concert.
Completed in 1940, the Symphonic Dances is Sergei Rachmaninov's last composition. It is scored for large orchestra, including rare visitors to a symphony orchestra, the piano and alto saxophone. Many view it as his finest symphonic piece, although it is very different to the romanticism of his earlier three symphonies. Be ready for a huge range of orchestral colour, dramatic changes of mood and powerful rhythms - therein lies the essence of the ‘Dance’.
The Orchestra is looking forward to welcoming you to the concert.
Please note the 7.00pm start – doors open 6.15pm
Tickets: £16; £14; £8; £1 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/orchestra-north-east
Booking charges may be applied by the website.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Please be aware that the Cathedral is a historic building and therefore has uneven floor surfaces, so appropriate footwear is advised at the event.
The Pen & Palette Club
The Orchestra is able to engage professional musicians for our concerts partly because of the generosity of individuals, but also because of generous and philanthropic organizations. One such group is The Pen and Palette Club from Newcastle, and we are very pleased to acknowledge their significant financial support for our concert in March.
The Pen & Palette Club was founded in 1900 in Newcastle by a group of professionals interested in art, literature, music, architecture, drama and related subjects. The Club meets about once a month in the Mansion House in Jesmond for lunch or dinner, to hear guest speakers on topics of cultural interest. Once a year the Club’s artists display their work and the writers entertain fellow members and friends with their poetry and prose. Musical evenings are given in the Mansion House by invited local professional players as well as by members of Orchestra North East.
The Pen & Palette has donated a considerable sum of money to the Community Foundation, which gives grants locally. In addition it gives financial support to local amateur and voluntary groups such as the Newcastle Lit. & Phil, the People's Theatre, Newcastle Chamber Music Society, as well as Orchestra North East.
The Club would be interested to hear from you if you would like to join or would simply like to receive further information. Full details of the history and activities of the Club, its future meetings, and its contacts can be found on the Club website: www.penandpalette.uk