We are proud to welcome the return of our Classical Orchestra Concert Series for 2013/14 starting this Friday. We've worked hard this year to bring you what is sure to be an exceptional season. And what better way to start than with a concert by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nikolay Vinokurov, with the brilliant prize winning soloist Andrei Korobeinikov.
A journey of inspiration and exhilaration awaits as we make our way through all six concerts in the series. As ever, we are exploring all avenues in a bid to expose the 'next generation' to classical music and hope that, in whatever way you can, you may help us by encouraging children and grandchildren to come along and experience the thrill of a full symphony orchestra playing live in a reasonably intimate environment.
Thank you for supporting the venue - Maestro, if you please!..
Arts & Events Manager
The Sands Centre Classical Concert Season Orchestras
Conductor Nikolay Vinokurov
Soloist Andrei Korobeinikov, piano
RachmaninovRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Our season opens with a welcome return visit from the world renowned Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nikolay Vinokurov. The programme starts with Beethoven's delightful Symphony No.4 and continues with the brilliant prize-winning pianist Andrei Korobeinikov's performance of Rachmaninov's much loved Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. In the second half the orchestra will play Tchaikovsky's epic Symphony No.4, with its famous Fate motif which opens and ends the symphony.
Conductor Peter Altrichter
Soloist Noriko Ogawa, piano
Schubert Symphony No.8 'The Unfinished'
Dvorak Symphony No.9
Peter Altrichter has been a regular visitor to The Sands Centre since he was Music Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He returns with the Czech National Symphony in a concert that begins with Schubert's ethereal Symphony No.8, known as the Unfinished. The great Japanese virtuoso Noriko Ogawa will then perform Grieg's most popular work, his lyrical piano concerto. In the second half the Czech National will perform Dvorak's most famous symphony, the New World Symphony. Written in New York while feeling homesick for his beloved country it has become one of the classical repertoire's most iconic works.
Conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen
Soloist Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Stravinsky Song of the Nightingale
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
Brahms Symphony No.2
The first concert of 2014 is performed by our old friends the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with the brilliant young Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen. The concert opens with Stravinsky's lyrical Song of the Nightingale, followed by Denis Kozhukhin's performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2, regarded by many as the most beloved of all piano concertos with its great romantic themes and towering climaxes. In the second half the orchestra will play Brahms' most pastoral and serene symphony, his Symphony No.2.
Conductor Antonello Manacorda
Soloist Antje Weithaas, violin
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Schumann Symphony No.1 (Spring)
The BBC Philharmonic returns to Carlisle, opening with Sibelius' most famous work, Finlandia, a national call to arms in the face of Russian aggression. Antje Weithaas, the well known German violinist, will then perform Sibelius' virtuosic Violin Concerto with its mysterious evocative opening and grand finale. In the second half we have a rare opportunity to hear Schumann's symphonic masterpiece, his Symphony No.1. It is rare to hear this great composer's wonderful symphonic output and the BBC Philharmonic's performance will be a great introduction to those who have yet to enjoy the pleasures of Schumann's orchestral writing.
Conductor Jamie Phillips
Soloist Sofya Gulyak, piano
BerliozLe Carnaval Romain
BeethovenPiano Concerto No.3
TchaikovskySymphony No.6 'Pathetique'
We are thrilled to have soloist Sofya Gulyak visit Carlisle to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3. In the second half the Hallé will perform Tchaikovsky's final work, his Symphony No.6, which he conducted only 10 days before his death, so it marks an extraordinary climax to both Tchaikovsky's life and career.
Conductor Yuri Botnari
Soloist Guy Johnson, cello
TchaikovskySleeping Beauty Suite
ShostakovichCello Concerto No.1
Our final concert of the season is by the distinguished Moscow Philharmonic, under their Music Director Yuri Botnari. The orchestra start with Tchaikovsky's powerfully dramatic Sleeping Beauty Suite, followed by Guy Johnson's performance of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.1 which was commissioned by the great Russian cellist Rostropovich. In the second half the orchestra will perform Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade. From the very start of this much loved work, Rimsky Korsakov's genius for melody and rich orchestral textures provides one of the most sumptuous masterpieces of the romantic period.