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The Mid-Somerset Orchestra’s November concert

SATURDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2019 at 7:30 P.M.

Strode Theatre

Soloist: Sam Haywood
Conductor: Hitoshi Suzuki
Leader: Hywel Jenkins

Saturday 23rd November 2019 7:30PM

Strode Theatre, Street

MendelssohnOverture “The Fair Melusine”
SchubertSymphony No 8 “Unfinished”
BeethovenPiano Concerto No 5 “Emporer”

To start the 2019-2020 season of “nicknames”, two titanic repertoire masterpieces receive equal billing in The Mid-Somerset Orchestra’s autumn programme. Despite Schubert’s delightful Symphony in B minor holding the epithet Unfinished, relating to endless conjecture about there being no completed scherzo and finale to make up the four-movement standard, the existing opening and slow movements on their own are generally recognised as being among the most complete lyrical utterances ever created in music.

The second half of the concert will be a performance of Beethoven’s monumental 5th Piano Concerto, known as the Emperor, first performed by its dedicatee, Archduke Rudolf in 1811 in Vienna.

The orchestra is delighted to invite internationally acclaimed concert pianist Sam Haywood as the soloist in the Emperor Concerto for a most welcome return hot on the heels of his performance of Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto with the orchestra earlier this year. It was said of that performance that Sam and the orchestra “worked some alchemy” to make of Brahms’ huge concerto “almost a chamber work”. One can only be left guessing as to how they will now approach Beethoven’s mighty Emperor!…

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