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NEXT CONCERTS

 3  Sunday 3 March 2019 at 16.00

  Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE

We begin our third concert with the popular and exuberant overture to Glinka's opera Russlan and Ludmilla. Then comes an unjustly neglected gem by Glazunov – his tuneful Poème Lyrique, and the first half ends with Mussorgsky's epic Night on the Bare Mountain – depicting a witches' sabbath, and full of contrasts and innovation. The concert also includes one of the most popular symphonies of all time – Tchaikovsky's Fifth. Who can resist hearing the famous horn solo in the second movement?
GlinkaRusslan and Ludmilla Overture
GlazunovPoème Lyrique
MussorgskyNight on the Bare Mountain
TchaikovskySymphony no 5 in E minor

 4  Sunday 9 June 2019 at 16.00

  Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE

Our fourth concert begins with Emil von Reznicek's effervescent Donna Diana Overture, followed by an unjustly neglected melodic miniature by Glazunov. Young rising star Leo Appel then joins us for Bruch's ever-popular First Violin Concerto. Henri Duparc was a very self-critical French composer who destroyed much of his orchestral output. His Danse Lente is one of only three surviving orchestral pieces, and it deserves to be heard much more frequently. Effervescence returns aplenty as the concert ends with the 17-year-old Bizet's tuneful and remarkably accomplished Symphony in C.
ReznicekDonna Diana Overture
GlazunovSerenade no 1 in A
BruchViolin Concerto no 1 in G minor (Leo Appel)
DuparcDanse Lente
BizetSymphony in C

 5  Sunday 6 October 2019 at 16.00

  Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE

We begin our fifth concert with a symphonic fantasy by Rachmaninov – The Rock – depicting with vivid orchestration the meeting of a young girl and an older man during a Christmas Eve blizzard, and much admired by Tchaikovsky. Wagner's opera Tannhauser describes the struggle between sacred and profane love - we play a synthesis of the opera's two most famous orchestral excerpts. The concert ends with Rimsky-Korsakov's dazzling masterpiece Scheherazade, in which the solo violin part is played by DCO's Leader, Kate Bailey.
RachmaninovThe Rock - Symphonic Fantasia
WagnerTannhauser: Prelude and Venusberg Music
Rimsky-KorsakovScheherazade

 6  February / March 2020

Our sixth concert begins with the quintessentially English Rhapsody "A Shropshire Lad" whose unique atmosphere leaves us wondering what future masterpieces Butterworth (a teacher at Radley College) would have written had he not been killed on the Somme. Then comes a superb but rarely-played gem by Josef Suk – Dvorak's son-in-law – whose Fairy Tale is a broad melodic tapestry that relates the path of true love. We end the concert with Franck's evergreen Symphony in D minor, which has delighted audiences for 130 years.
ButterworthA Shropshire Lad
SukFairy Tale - suite for large orchestra
FranckSymphony in D minor

CONCERT VENUE

Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone Arts Centre
25 Station Road
Didcot
OX11 7NE

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Conductor & Musical Director
Geoff Bushell
Didcot, Oxfordshire
01235 818848
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Geoff Bushell, Conductor and Musical Director, Didcot Concert Orchestra