Sunday, 6 August 2017

New David Matthews to staged Shostakovich 14: ESO new season

The English Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Woods
The English Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Woods
The English Symphony Orchestra, artistic director Kenneth Woods, has an impressive 2017/18 season which includes the premieres of David Matthews' Symphony No. 9, a new work by Jesse Jones (a joint commission with St John's Smith Square), and Philip Sawyers' Violin Concerto, (with soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky), Trumpet Concerto (with soloist Simon Desbruslais) and Valley of Vision, as well as Kenneth Woods' new orchestral version of Brahms' Piano Quartet in A major, Op.26. And the orchestra has also recorded new orchestral works by David Fraser for Avie Records. 

Other works in the season include Walter Piston's Sinfonietta, Saariaho's Terra Memoria, and a staged version of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 with soloists baritone Matthew Sharpe (ESO Artist in Residence) and soprano April Fredrick (ESO Affiliate Artist) which features the work of photographer Alexey Titarenko and videographer Helga Landauer.  The orchestra will be joined by dancers from Academy Arts Theatre for a staging of Copland's complete ballet Appalachian Spring which is paired with Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale with actors from Worcester Repertory Theatre.

Based in the West Country, the orchestra's season includes concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall, Malvern Priory, Malvern Theatres, Hereford Shirehall and Huntingdon Hall as well as touring to London and Bristol.

Full details from the ESO website.

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