Future Concerts by The Canterbury Orchestra


Summer Concert: Into the 19th Century
Saturday 27th June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture 
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (soloist Amanda Wyatt)
Beethoven: Symphony No.1

Winter Concert

Saturday 28th November, venue tbc

Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers
Beethoven: Emperor Piano Concerto
Schubert: Symphony No.8 Unfinished


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Next Concert

Into the 19th Century

7:30pm Saturday 27th June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent

Tickets £12 full and £5 students and children available from the Gulbenkian Box Office 


This year's summer concert features two works by Beethoven, the first of which is the fine Coriolan Overture written in 1807 for the tragedy of the same name by the German author Heinrich Joseph von Collin about the ancient Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus.  The Overture is programmatic in that the music follows the themes of the play, with Beethoven using a minor theme to reflect warlike intent and a gentler theme in the relative major to represent the pleas by Coriolanus' mother for him to abandon his attack on Rome.  The programme continues with Mendelssohn's acclaimed Violin Concerto, one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the violin concert repertoire.  Premiered in 1845, the Concerto was written over a period of seven years during which Mendelssohn sought advice from his friend Ferdinand David.  Although the Concerto follows a traditional form, it has several innovative elements, such as the early entrance of the solo instrument at the beginning of the work and the close melodic and harmonic connection between the three movements which run together in a style known as through-composed.  We are delighted to feature the Orchestra's Leader, Amanda Wyatt, as the soloist.  The final work in the concert is Beethoven's Symphony No.1, which served to announce his talents to Vienna in 1800.  Like the previous work in the programme it predominantly follows the established structure of the day, but has some innovative features that hint at the magnificence of the symphonies to come, such as the ambiguity of key in the opening bars, the accelerated tempo of the Menuetto, and the unusual use of the traditional sonata form in the first and last movements. 



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