National Capital Orchestra – Power
Continuing the National Capital Orchestra’s 2016 program of Australian composers, the concert opens with Graeme Koehne’s orchestral hit, Elevator Music. The full force of the orchestra is felt in this powerful work which especially showcases the large percussion section. Alternating between a rigid feel and a quasi-Latin groove, the large brass section directs their full force into a powerful and unforgettable finale. The prominence of the National Capital Orchestra is then realised in a highlight performance by world-famous harpist Alice Giles, leading Boieldieu’s Harp Concerto in C, one of the stand-out favourites of Classical harp repertoire. Widely regarded as a leading harp performer and teacher across Europe and the USA, and listing many of the world’s top performance venues in her solo recital history, Alice Giles’ performance talent is one which you must experience in person.
The orchestra returns in full force after interval for a powerful climax with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 4. Less well-known than his later symphonies, but by no means less exquisite, the symphony features all of Dvořák’s trademarks: swooning melodies, seemingly untamed anger, and impeccable craftsmanship. Regarded by many as one of Dvořák’s greatest works, this lesser-known symphony will leave you craving more, and determined to add it to your collection.
Conducted by Musical Director Leonard Weiss, himself a harp student of Alice Giles and a recent ACT Finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2016, this perfect collaboration is one of the highlights of orchestral music this season.
Duration 75 minutes, plus interval
More Information nco.org.au
Alice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, solo recitals include London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street ‘Y’ and Frankfurt Alte Oper. She has performed with numerous orchestras in Europe and throughout America, as well as featuring regularly with all the major Australian Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Alice is a frequent guest at international music festivals, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost harp teachers. The recipient of an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, she performed at Mawson Station in 2011 to commemorate the Centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
|29 May 2016|
|Sunday 29 May 2016 – 3pm|
Concession: $30 (seniors, pensioners, concession card holders)
Children to age 16 and full time students: $15
We also honour vouchers from the entertainment book. This is a 2 for 1 deal where each voucher is valid for one ticket with the purchase of at least one ticket of equal value. Please contact the Box Office to redeem the vouchers.
Seating for this performance is general admission.
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