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What's on at Strode Theatre

MSO SPRING CONCERT Saturday 7 May 7:30PM
  • Conductor: Hitoshi Suzuki
  • Leader: Hywel Jenkins
  • Tickets: £14.00, £13.00, £3.00
  • Venue: Theatre

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 2 Little Russian
Dvořák: Symphony no 9 From the New World

The MSO presents symphonies composed by two of the most eminent Slavonic masters.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony (1872) received its nickname Little Russian from its prominent use of three Ukrainian folk songs. One of these, a well-known horn solo, sets the atmosphere for the first movement. Ukraine, at that time often referred to as "Little Russia", was a favoured holiday retreat for the Tchaikovsky family. The symphony earned him the praise of the nationalist Russian composers known as "The Five" which
included Borodin and Mussorgsky.

Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony was composed and received its première in New York in 1893 while Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. Dvořák apparently added the name From the New World in acknowledgement of his interest in the indigenous music of North America and spirituals, even if never really abandoning his Bohemian roots. The New World is one of the most popular of all symphonies.
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