6 pm at St. Peter's and St Paul's Church, Lavenham
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances nos. 3 and 4 (from opus 46)
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Dvorak: Symphony no. 8 in G major
We have Mozart's glorious Clarinet Concerto as a star piece in November with a fabulous soloist, Julia Raga Pascual. She is new to us but our conductor Matt Andrews heard her and was instantly blown over. She is currently living in Ipswich so almost a local. Much has been written about this concerto, it was Mozart's last completed instrumental work as he died shortly afterward it was written. The orchestration is subtle and beautiful, and the solo part requires a virtuosic player and uses the entire range of the instrument. It is a sublimely expressive work throughout, with an achingly beautiful, serene second movement Adagio. The finale is a rondo in a lighter spirit, but it too has a poignancy underneath its dance rhythms.
Dvorak's Symphony no. 8 is a really fun piece of music. It is based on the Czech countryside including the orchestral version of church bells, birdsong and hunting horn calls. Its opening is really languid and sensual - you can easily imagine a lazy hot sunny afternoon somewhere in the countryside. Hopefully the music will transport us from Lavenham church on an undoubtedly cool November evening to a sunny walk in the Czech countryside.
Our opening pieces, Dvorak Slavonic Dances numbers 3 and 4 from his earlier opus 46 works, were originally written for piano with four hands and were so popular that his publisher almost immediately asked for an orchestral version. The dances are full of life and national character, although that character is not Slavonic but from Bohemia. But wherever the original inspiration came from, these are exciting pieces - sit back and enjoy.
Tickets for this concert are available now from TicketSource and in person from the Tourist Office in Sudbury (in the Town Hall), Peddars in Sudbury and the Guildhall in Lavenham. Tickets are just £15 for adults (including complimentary concert programme) and £2 for children aged 16 and under. Tickets will also be available on the door. Or click here to email us and reserve your ticket.
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