Conductor: Stefano Boccacci
Tone poem Finlandia, Op. 26 – Sibelius
Andante and Hungarian Rondo for Viola and Orchestra, J. 79 – Weber
Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85 – Bruch
Soloist: Nia Thomas (pictured)
Symphony No. 4 – Schumann
Traditional pre-season ‘Popular Classics’
Our season opener this year features the viola as the solo instrument! The gorgeous warm tones of the viola are brought to the fore in two contrasting pieces – the lively Andante and Hungarian Rondo by Weber and the heart-on-sleeve Romance by Bruch. Our soloist, Nia Thomas, is a talented student from the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama.
Havant Symphony Orchestra opens the concert with the proud Finnish anthem Finlandia by Sibelius, with its stirring brass and lush melodies. Concluding the concert will be the Symphony No. 4 by archetypal romantic composer Robert Schumann, published in its final version just 5 years before his tragic death.
Our September concert is traditionally conducted by the outgoing holder of our Bob Harding Bursary for Student Conductors, so doing the honours this year will be Stefano Boccacci. Stefano is definitely one to watch for the future – see him live here first!