March 21st at 3pm – St. John’s Hall, Penzance
Penzance Orchestral Society Spring Concert
Once again the Penzance Orchestral Society is laying on a family-friendly matinee for spring with a teatime programme of glorious pieces that are likely to be familiar even to people who think they don’t know anything about classical music. A great opportunity for young families, given that accompanied under-16s get in free.
Rossini’s overture to his opera William Tell is a bit like a trailer for a film, sketching out the opera’s dramatic highlights from a romantic cello sextet, via a thrilling storm scene to the furiously galloping finale forever associated with the Lone Ranger.
Dukas’s spine tingling tone poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice tells in music the story of a young lad who tries to save time when set to cleaning the workplace by borrowing a spell from his magician boss, with disastrous results. Walt Disney fans will know the music from his animated extravaganza Fantasia, in which the apprentice is no less than Mickey Mouse. The first half will end with a bravura display from young cellist, Sun Haeng Cho (pictured) who joins the society as the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
The second half of the concert is taken up with the suite Prokofiev worked up form his ballet masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Chock full of wonderful melodies, it will delight fans of The Apprentice as that show’s theme tune began life as the the Dance of the Knights.
November 21st at 7.30pm – St. John’s Hall, Penzance
Penzance Orchestral Society’s autumn concert presents an all-Czech programme of romantic music perfect for season of whirling leaves and cosy log fires.
This begins with Smetana’s Vltava, his tone poem which evokes in wonderful detail the journey of his country’s great river, from its gently bubbling source in the uplands, via surging rapids and through a woodland hunting scene to a magnificent climax as the river enters Prague.
Next the society will be joined by the young Finnish violinist Abel Puustinen (pictured) for Dvorak’s much loved violin concerto. Then there’ll be more Dvorak in the concert’s second half, in the shape of his marvellous sixth symphony.
We do hope you can join us. Don’t forget to bring along any young music lovers in your family as accompanied under-16s are admitted free!