50th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 4th February 2023 7.30pm
Strode Theatre, Street

Tickets: £15 full, £14 concession, £3 under 18

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The Mid-Somerset Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert headlined by Beethoven’s First Symphony, the first work ever performed by the orchestra back in 1973. The symphony, premiered in 1800, owes much to Beethoven’s classical predecessors Mozart and Haydn, but with hints of the coming evolution towards the era of romantic music.

The concert opens with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 from 1774, packed with Viennese charm and showcasing Mozart’s trademark humorous touches. The audience can contrast this with another side to Mozart’s wide-ranging compositional style in his dramatic overture to the 1788 opera Don Giovanni.

The Mid-Somerset Orchestra is delighted to be joined by French Horn virtuoso Luke Norland (pictured) who will perform the First Horn Concerto by Richard Strauss, written in 1882 when the composer was just 18. Although written for a classical-sized orchestra, this short concerto is in the German romantic style, and reveals clear influences from Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Luke Norland

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