The Mid-Somerset Orchestra’s autumn concert
Chopin Piano Concerto No 2
STRODE THEATRE STREET
SATURDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2017 at 7:30 P.M.
As the nights draw in the Mid Somerset Orchestra’s 2017/18 concert season opens with a wonderful programme of Rossini, Chopin and Brahms on Saturday 25th November 2017 at 7:30pm at Strode Theatre, Street.
Following the recent retirement of Stephen Smith after seven years as Musical Director, it is an exciting time for the orchestra as it seeks to appoint a new M.D. who will take the orchestra into a new era and build on the successes of Steven Smith’s stewardship. In order to select the right candidate for the orchestra, the four candidates will each conduct one programme this season. At the end of the process, the orchestra members will elect their new conductor. The first of these is Tim Pithers, who gained a double first in Music and French at Exeter University and has built a fine reputation in working with a number of orchestras and ensembles based here in the South West.
Our soloist in the magnificent Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 is Hannah Mitchell who also studied at Exeter University and then at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Hannah is now a very established performer, teacher and examiner based in South Wales where she is also half of the musical piano / flute duo “Tranquillo”.
The orchestra will be led as always by Hywel Jenkins and concert begins with arguably one of Rossini’s finest overtures “Semiramide” followed by the evening’s highlight, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No2 which was premiered in 1830 and has been a firm concert favourite ever since.
After the interval, the orchestra plays Brahms’ masterful, light and airy 2nd Symphony, which some critics have likened in character to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (the ‘Pastoral’).
If you’d like to see MSO’s other candidates in action, the dates for your diary are 27th January 2018, where the main highlight will be Mozart’s Horn Concerto No3, 12th May 2018 featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No4 and 7th July 2018 where you will be enthralled by music including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.