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CLASSICAL CONCERTS at THE ANVIL

ANVIL CLASSICAL CONCERTS - 2019-2020 SEASON

Herewith the full list of Anvil Concerts provisionally reserved for 2019-2020 season. If any of these do not receive sufficient interest i.e. 20 travellers minimum, that concert will be cancelled and any monies collected would be returned.

2020

Tuesday April 14th Siberian Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaniniov – The Rock
Glazunov – Vionin Concerto
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no. 4
Chloe Hanslip – Violin
Dimitri Vasiliev – Conductor

Tuesday May 19th Philharmonia Orchestra

Kodaly – Suite: Hary Janos
Khachaturian – Violin Concert
Sibelius – Symphony no. 5
Nemanja Radulovic – Violin
Santtu-Matias Rouvali – Conductor

Wednesday June 24th Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Wagner = Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Liszt – Piano Concerto no.1 & Piano Concerto no.2
Wagner – Overture: Tannhauser
Stephen Hough – Piano
Sir Mark Elder – Conductor

Further details of the programmes can be found on the Anvil website: www.anvilarts.org.uk and will appear in due course on Posters in the Community Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: The Organisation of these visits has been taken over by David Waltham-Hier who can be contacted on 01420 549239. I am sure you will all give David the support you gave me over the last several years - Thankyou

Usual travel arrangements i.e, Coach from Alton library @ 6.45pm Tickets are £36 per head inclusive of coach travel....A bargain!.

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CONCERT REPORT - Friday February 14th

On Valentines night a small party of U3A Concert goers headed to the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke by coach to hear a performance by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yan Pascal Tortelier.

This orchestra was making a fairly rare visit to the UK and their concert in Basingstoke was the sixth of eight engagements fitted into a rather small time frame. On the Thirteenth they were in Cardiff and heading off to Leeds on the Fifteenth. Quite a logistical exercise for one hundred and three instrumentalists and associated staff who traveled around in two very large coaches!

Our concert was performed to a rather disappointingly small audience but this large orchestra was undaunted and performed a 1st class concert to the faithful who attended.

Commencing with a selection from George Bizet’s - L’Arlesienne Suite. The orchestra was able to demonstrate their power and delicacy in the five selected movements, some of which were familiar to this reviewer and others a delightful surprise.

Next came the Piano Concerto for Left Hand by Maurice Ravel, probably best known for his ‘Bolero’. The concerto was commissioned in 1929 by Austrian pianist, Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm during WW l.
Our soloist was Yoel Eum Son, an extremely pretty young South Korean lady who first appeared on the international scene in 2004 at the age of eighteen.
She attacked this extremely challenging eighteen minute composition with a vengeance, ably accompanied by this magnificent orchestra; her left hand moving across the keyboard with incredible dexterity. A truly bravura performance!

Following the interval we were treated to an amazing composition called ‘Aeriality’ by Anna Thorvaldsdottir who is an Icelandic composer born in 1977.
As I fail to find words to describe it, I include notes found on the internet.
“Aeriality is a work for a large instrumental force and refers to a state of gliding through the air with nothing or little to hold onto – rather like flying!”
Not to my liking but I gather most of my fellow traveler found it to be of interest!

The final performance of the evening was a Suite from Prokofiev’s - Romeo and Juliet Ballet compiled by our conductor, Yan Pascal Tortelier.
The nine movements contained a couple that I was familiar with, ‘Montagues and Capulets’ and 'Juliet as a girl’, both regularly heard on Classic FM.

As if the orchestra hadn't worked enough, they treated us to a double encore with a piece by Elgar and another that I was unable to identify. If anyone reading this was at this concert and can identify them I would be pleased to hear from them?

Contributed by Steve B

NOTE: The next visit to the Anvil is on Tuesday April 14th when the Siberian Symphony Orchestra will be performing.
Details can be found under CONCERTS on this website.
Contact David Waltham-Hier to book No later than March 10th Please!

As if the orchestra hadn't worked enough, they treated us to a double encore with a piece by Elgar and another that I was unable to identify. If anyone reading this was at this concert and can identify them I would be pleased to hear from them?

Contributed by Steve B

NOTE: The next visit to the Anvil is on Tuesday April 14th when the Siberian Symphony Orchestra will be performing.
Contact David Waltham-Hier to book No later than March 10th Please!

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On Friday 29th November, 32 U3A members (the largest group ever) traveled to the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke for a visit by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of the world famous conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy.

The evenings programme commenced with Grieg’s Holberg Suite Op, 40. A suite consisting of five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms, written by Edvard Grieg in 1884. Originally composed for the piano, but a year later was adapted by Grieg himself for string orchestra.
This was beautifully performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra strings guided by the entrancing conducting of the master Vladimir Ashkenazy was greeted by rapturous applause upon its conclusion.

The second piece of the programme was Mendelssohn’s: Violin Concerto in E minor, his last large orchestral work. It forms an important part of many violinists repertoire and is apparently is one of the most popular, frequently performed violin concertos in history.

This lengthy composition of some 27 minutes duration was performed by the evening’s violin soloist, Esther Yoo, a diminutive young Korean lady who was born and spent her earliest years in the U.S., before receiving her education in Belgium and Germany, but she always retained her family’s proud Korean heritage.

YOO's performance of the Concerto which consists of three movements in a standard fast–slow–fast structure with each movement following a traditional form, was exotic at all times.

Although the work was originally scored for solo violin and a standard orchestra of its period, consisting of two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings, this was masterfully performed to the sensitive backing of the now complete large Philharmonia Orchestra and concluded with multiple curtain calls.

The final work of the evening was Dvořák – Symphony no.9 - “From the New World”.
In this work of four movements, the magnificent orchestra was able to vent its full power to the opening Adagio movement, whilst the Largo’s main theme is then gently played by the cor anglais to the accompaniment of muted strings.

The final movement is written in sonata form. After a brief introduction, the horns and trumpets declare the movement's main theme against sharp chords played by the rest of the orchestra. Previously heard themes are reintroduced to bring the Symphony to a rousing conclusion.

After a splendid evening’s entertainment we travelled back home in a cosy, warm coach; looking forward to the next concert in February.

(It may be of interest to note that Astronaut Neil Armstrong took a tape recording of the New World Symphony along during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969)

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