National Sinfonia opens 6th Season with celebrated classics

Event Date(s): 16/08/2009

The National Sinfonia Orchestra (NSO) will open its sixth season of performances with Edvard Grieg’s ‘Piano Concerto No.1’ and prize-winning works from the recent ‘Symphony and Steel’ competition. The upcoming concert, under the patronage of His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards, will be held on Sunday16th August, at Queen’s Hall at 6 p.m. The production, in collaboration with members of the National Steel Symphony Orchestra will feature a mixture of traditional favourites and new pieces.

The NSO will present the world premiere of two works from the recent ‘Symphony and Steel’ competition, the prizewinning Gary Gibson’s ‘Caprice’ (an Overture) and Kurleigh Lowe’s calypso arrangement of Sparrow’s ‘Obeah Wedding’. The orchestra will also perform the Grieg Concerto, ‘O Mio Fernando’ from Donizetti’s ‘La Favorita’, the Halloween themed tone poem ‘A Night on Bald Mountain’ and the equally popular Tchaikovsky thriller ‘Marche Slave’. Vincentian born Sean Sutherland, a former lecturer at The University of the West Indies (UWI), and San Fernando’s Michele Dowrich will accompany the orchestra for these romantic pieces.

Through its five seasons of quarterly concerts, the NSO, conducted by Jessel Murray, has become a hallmark in the local music scene. The group has performed concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and last year’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. It has also provided musical accompaniment for the Festival Arts Chorale, as in last month’s production of ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’.

Tickets for the concert cost TT $150.

For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact (868) 624-3037, 663-1384 or the Queen’s Hall Box Office at 621-5102.




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