BBC Philharmonic returns to South Yorkshire

BBC Philharmonic
BBC Philharmonic

The Sheffield International Concert Season moves into its final five concerts for 2011/12 when the BBC Philharmonic makes a long-awaited return to the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall on Saturday March 17 2012.

2011 was a significant year for the orchestra as it moved to its new home in MediaCityUK at Salford Quays and recruited a new Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in September.

This evening has a distinct Scandinavian theme, with new Finnish Principal Conductor John Storgårds leading the orchestra. The violinist himself has only stepped up to the post this calendar year and his Sheffield debut is greatly anticipated.

The evening’s performance will begin with the folk-inspired miniatures of Grieg’s Lyric Suite. The piece displays the Norwegian composer’s clean melodies and harmonies, holding together its four distinct parts.

Beethoven’s dramatic Third Piano Concerto is performed by Martin Roscoe. He is one of today’s most admired and versatile pianists and received recent glowing reviews from The Telegraph and The Guardian of his performance on the release of Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1. The piece Roscoe will play was written whilst Beethoven was losing his ability to hear, heavily influencing the feelings of heroic conflict and tension throughout, complete with a highly emotive finale.

Finally, the Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony is an epic journey that is distinctive for its militaristic rhythms and the muting of the drum, which signals the music energetically rising from the ashes. This closing piece is sure to be a fitting end to an exciting night’s performance.

The Sheffield International Concert Season returns again in March with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse on Saturday 31 March 2012 followed in April by residents The Hallé then the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in May.

Saturday 17 March 17, Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, 7.00pm, 6.00pm Pre-concert talk with Trisha Cooper, Tickets £15, Conductor John Storgårds, Piano Martin Roscoe, Programme Grieg Lyric Suite, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, Nielsen Symphony No.5 Tickets are On Sale for all the concerts featuring in the 2011/2012 Sheffield International Concert Season.

East Midlands Trains return as official sponsors for the 2011/2012 season.

Remaining Concerts in the 2011/2012 Season:

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Saturday March 31 2012

The Hallé Friday April 20 2012

Berlin Symphony Orchestra Friday May 11 2012

The Hallé Saturday May 26 2012

To book concert tickets call the City Hall Box Office on 01142 789 789.

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