David Greed writes: Anthony and I welcome you to the 2018/19 season of concerts.
It is the year of ‘double concerto’. Bach’s D minor concerto for keyboard and strings is realised on 2 marimbas in a highly unusual interpretation performed by 2 outstanding students from the Amsterdam Conservatoire. Arvo Pärt’s ‘Tabula Rasa’ is an extraordinary work for 2 violins, strings and ‘prepared piano’. I am joined, in this performance, by my colleague from Opera North, Andy Long.
Rakhi Singh makes her 4th appearance with Sinfonia and will play alongside Nick Trygstad (cello section leader of the Hallé) in the most ‘epic’ of double concertos – that of Brahms. Mary Plazas also makes a very welcome return to sing a song-cycle by Benjamin Britten – songs with a pacifst slant.
Our treats for you this season from the large symphonic repertoire (and I do mean large) include Shostakovich’s 8th Symphony, one of his most tragic and dramatic compostions, and Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica, a work that emerged from the flm score to the 1947 movie ‘Scott of the Antarctic’.
Other orchestral compositions to be performed during the season will include the work of Stravinsky, Richard Strauss and Elgar.
I feel quite confdent that the orchestra is catering for all musical tastes within its regular audience, and giving itself a jolly good ‘work-out’ in the process.
I hope sincerely that you enjoy the season of concerts
The brochure for the year can be downloaded here