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Violinist's emotional journey with Elgar

Violinist's emotional journey with Elgar

THE Royal Philharmonic Orchestra makes its eagerly anticipated return to the Hexagon in Reading on Sunday (February 5).

Internationally acclaimed violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who is also the orchestra’s principal guest conductor, will perform and direct in what is sure to be a special concert brimming with sparkling musicality.

The evening begins with Beethoven’s powerful Egmont Overture, which contrasts weighty brass and string chords against soothing woodwind interruptions.

Following this is Beethoven’s exquisite Violin Concerto, performed by Grammy Award-winning violin virtuoso Zukerman, whose work was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless”.

The concerto’s revolutionary spirit and velvety tones make it one of the finest in the repertoire and will enrapture any audience. Providing a fantastic finish to this evening of classical treats is Elgar’s much-loved and quintessentially English Enigma Variations.

A landmark piece not just for Elgar, but for British music, the composer wrote his variations in dedication to a number of dear friends, with one movement left unnamed, adding to the work’s mystery and intrigue. With heart-wrenching movements such as Nimrod, the stirring Variations are guaranteed to take you on an emotional musical journey.

Part of Reading’s Classical Music Alive season, tickets are priced £22.50 and £25.50 for adults, with under-18s and schools tickets £6.

Classical membership scheme and group rates are £12. Or if you’ve never been to a Classical Music Alive concert, you can book a £10 “test drive” ticket. A full season brochure can be downloaded and tickets booked online at www.readingarts.com

For more details or to book, call the box office on 0118 960 6060.

Just over a month later, on Saturday, March 11, the violin will again be front and centre when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s
co-leader Tamas Andras performs at St Andrew’s Church in Albert Road, Caversham.

Titled “The Virtuoso Violin”, the concert will see Andras paired with Adrienne Black on piano.

A spokesman for the organisers, Concerts in Caversham, said: “Tamas continues our series highlighting each member of the string instrument family. Many will remember his wonderfully rich tone, truly expressive, spirited playing and flawless technique.

“The programme will include works by Bach, Elgar, Schubert, Kreisler and Bartók. Come and enjoy what promises to be a truly inspirational evening, with our musicians introducing the programme in the warm accoustic and relaxed atmosphere of St Andrew’s Church. Afterwards you will be treated to a sumptuous finger-food feast and have a chance to chat to the musicians.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £15 to £19, including post-concert refreshments, and can be purchased in advance from Waltons the Jewellers in Prospect Street, Caversham (cash only and closed on Mondays). Admission for under-16s is free.

For more information, call 0118 948 4112 or visit www.
concertsincaversham.co.uk

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