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Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra & Stanley Kaye-Smith
Group type: Orchestras
  • Saturday 10 March
    7.30 – 9.45pm
Ticket typeCost
General Admission£10.00
Concession£8.00
Under 18s/Students£5.00

Thrilling Spring Concert programme featuring Beethoven, Weber & Mendelssohn!

We'd love for you to join us for our Spring Season Concert, where we will be playing some popular favourites from the Classical repertoire. 

Beethoven wrote four overtures for his only opera, Fidelio; three "Leonore" Overtures; and one called 'Overture to Fidelio'. It has become common practice to use the latter as a prelude in productions of Fidelio. The Leonore No. 1 was withdrawn by Beethoven and not heard until 1828 (the year after his death). The Overture is generally heard as an independent concert work today, as we will play it.

Throughout this Overture, the music translates serious and light in its summation of the opera's story about the faithful and persistent Leonora who disguises as the young man Fidelio, to free her husband Florestan from the prison of the evil Pizzaro.

Alongside Mozart's, Weber's Bassoon Concerto is one of the most often played in the bassoon repertoire. Weber was a great admirer of Mozart (an admiration made more intense by family pride in a cousin's marriage to Mozart) and, even though Weber is considered to have been the first German romantic composer, this concerto is a logical successor to Mozart's concerted works.  Bassoonist Stanley Kaye-Smith will be joining us to perform the work.  Stanley is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and is currently in the early stages of his freelance professional career, working frequently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

We will be closing with Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony.  Mendelssohn was initially inspired to compose this symphony during his first visit to Britain in 1829.   On 30 July, Mendelssohn visited the ruins of Holyrood Chapel at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, where, as he related to his family in a letter, he received his initial inspiration for the piece:

"In the deep twilight we went today to the palace were Queen Mary lived and loved...The chapel below is now roofless. Grass and ivy thrive there and at the broken altar where Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything is ruined, decayed, and the clear heavens pour in. I think I have found there the beginning of my 'Scottish' Symphony."

Programme

  • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.1, Op.138
  • Weber: Bassoon Concerto
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

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